Last year, at Old Sleningford Farm, we cleaned the slate nameplates for the apple trees in the forest garden. From that moment, I wanted to have slate nameplates for my own trees.
Eighteen months later, I decided to put an advert on Freegle to see if anyone had a few pieces of slate they could gift to me. I hadn’t expected any replies but in the event I got two. So last night I became the proud owner of several pieces, which I now need to decorate with the names of my own apple trees.
I learned from my gifter that the rest of the slate was being taken by a person who wanted to smash it up to cover their soil, so both of us were pleased that some of it was not being reduced to that. On the other hand, at least decorating a garden is not putting in landfill, unlike millions of paper coffee cups used these days.
I’ve just signed a petition calling for a 5p levy on disposable coffee cups. Will it work in the same way as the levy on plastic bags? Maybe, maybe not, but here is the link to the petition: