Please read on for an update from Wealden District Council about the new crematorium:
Trees and landscaping - a bonus for the local environment
The majority of the crematorium site will feature well thought-out formal and informal gardens, woodland areas, grazing and wildflower meadows. New native species hedgerows are also being incorporated into the scheme.
The landscaping includes the planting of nearly 8000 trees to form new native species woodland and for screening. The trees range in size from semi mature trees (30 to 35cmes girth) to whips and transplants. We have taken care to avoid those species where there are recent health issues for example Ash.
In addition over 4500 shrubs and over 4700 herbaceous plants are being planted.
As you might imagine the site has a high potential for nesting birds as the woodland, scrub, scattered trees and hedgerows provide ideal nesting habitat for a range of bird species. A number of bat boxes have also been installed across the site.
Take a look at the monthly drone footage posted on YouTube if you would like to see how this important work is progressing.
Supporting the local economy
Wherever possible the contactor has taken care to engage local suppliers, sub-contractors and trades people. This includes local caterers and shops in Horam. Once the crematorium opens there will of course be further ongoing benefits to local businesses.
Advantages for the wider community
Baxall Ltd the main contractor tells us that it plans to donate some of its workforce time to maintain and enhance local stretches of the much used and much enjoyed Cuckoo Trail. It is currently in talks with 3VA about this - 3VA is the charity that supports and develops the voluntary & community sector.
It was also good to hear that students from the West Kent College visited the construction site recently and had a fruitful day touring the site and quizzing the site manager about the project.
As mentioned in earlier updates we will be organising open days for the general public and businesses in January or February, once the main building work has been completed. I will let you know more once the dates are confirmed.
Finally, Baxall has again kindly provided the lights for the Christmas tree in Horam's village centre.