From a young parishioner doing the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme is a great way of getting out of your house and trying something different. I picked it because it was something new that I wanted to do. Here at St Anselm’s Church, there is a recycling team that also helps you if you want to try and do your Duke of Edinburgh Award. It’s a good way to enjoy yourself. The recycling teaches you basic, but very useful knowledge about recycling such as places to go if you want to recycle like the Greenford Recycling Centre, where everything from household rubbish to building rubble is recycled where possible.The journey of paper from tree to paper to St Anselm rectory to the no dig garden in the allotment

From Paper to a No-dig Garden

The majority of paper comes from trees. The most commonly used are softwood trees like spruce, pine, fir, larch and hemlock and hardwood trees such as eucalyptus, poplar, aspen and birch

To make paper, trees are cut down and turned into wood chips. The fibres, or cellulose, are extracted from the wood chips and put into a machine called a digester to be made into a paste called pulp. The pulp is processed by a machine that flattens and dries it into paper.

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First we put confidential paper to be shredded in the shredder. We collected all the shredded paper from the machine and put it in a bag. We also get cardboard and put it in a different bag. 

After that we took the shredded paper and cardboard to the allotment. We then put cardboard on the soil to stop weeds from growing and put the shredded paper on top of it to make another layer. Furthermore we collected leaves left by the council in the allotment. Finally we covered the cardboard and shredded paper by putting the leaves on top of it. 

In a few months time we will put holes through the leaves, shredded paper and cardboard, ready  for planting.