Installation of composting toilet

Thanks to a grant of £9,038 from the Big Lottery Fund, a composting toilet has been installed in Gisborough Priory Woodland Gardens.

The provision of toilet facilities for both volunteers and visitors has long been one of the aims of Gisborough Priory Project. By installing a toilet that is accessible to everyone as well as environmentally friendly it is hoped that more people will be able to enjoy the gardens that the volunteers have now worked on for almost ten years.

The grant from the Big Lottery Fund under their Awards for All programme has paid for the contractors to prepare the ground and install the toilet as well as the full cost of the Natsol composting toilet and building.

The work started on 27 June 2017 when the contractors, Groundwork Northeast, prepared the site. Next day, in pouring rain, all the building materials were delivered to the site and manoeuvred into position. The persistent wet weather has meant that the work took more time than planned but it is now available for use.

The toilet is located in the woodland gardens, close to the existing composting area. With no requirement for power, water or drainage the toilet is an ideal solution for the gardens. By collecting the rainwater from the gutters of the building it is even providing a useful source of water to keep the plants looking at their best. And after a year or two, there should be odourless compost ready to remove and use. It is intended that planting will be added nearby to help to screen the toilet building from the rest of the garden.

Gisborough Priory Project treasurer, Judith Arber, said, “It’s great that we will now have on-site toilet facilities that everyone can use. It will make school visits much easier to arrange as well as providing our volunteers and visitors with a much needed convenient convenience!”

Thanks go to all the local people and organisations that have supported this project and helped to secure the grant from the Big Lottery Fund.

The official opening of the toilet was on Sunday 30 July. This formed part of the Annual General Meeting of Gisborough Priory Project held in the woodland gardens. A plaque acknowledging the Big Lottery Fund’s involvement in the funding of this project was unveiled by Jenna and Isla, granddaughters of one of our volunteers, Jenny Thomas.

The toilet is now open and being used regularly by grateful volunteers and visitors.

The Big Lottery Fund is the largest funder of community activity in the UK. It puts people in the lead to improve their lives and communities, often through small, local projects.

It is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by National Lottery players for good causes. Every year it invests over £650 million and awards around 12,000 grants across the UK for health, education, environment and charitable purposes.

Since June 2004 it has awarded over £8 billion to projects that change the lives of millions of people.

More information is available at the Big Lottery Fund website.