Project information

Organic Pasture improvement

To improve the quality of grazing without the use of harmful chemicals. The fields need lime and natural fertiliser to reduce buttercups and daisies and strengthen the grasses and herbs in the permanent pasture.

about fourteen days, but at intervals over the year.

Charity information: Blaikiewell Animal sanctuary

Blaikiewell Animal sanctuary logo
  • Need

    Need

    The quality of the pasture has declined with constant grasing.
    The pH in the soil needs to be corrected with lime application to reduce the buttercups and daisies, and the grass needs fertilised to encourage more growth.

    Solution

    Lime and organic fertiliser will return the fields to good quality pasture without the use of harmful herbicides and chemical fertilisers.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To give the horses better quality grazing thus reducing the need for supplements and hay.

    Activities

    » Apply organic fertiliser and lime at appropriate intervals in the coming year.

    Success will be...The buttercups and daisies will give way to greener fields.


  • Impact

    Impact

    More grass will make it possible for us to accept more homeless animals and so enable us to help more people who are no longer able to keep their horses or ponies.

    Risk

    We do not foresee any risks. We will buy the fertiliser from our existing feed merchant and engage the agricultural contractor we have used for many years.

    Reporting

    Funders of this project will receive an email report on the project detailing the progress, and photographs of the fields before and after completion.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £8,800

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      Amount Heading Description
      £4,800 Fertiliser 400 bags at £12 per bag
      £3,000 Lime 150 tons at £20 per ton
      £1,000 Contractor aprox 50 hours at £20 per hour
  • Background

    Location

    Blaikiewell Animal Sanctuary is situated in Deeside, Aberdeenshire. It is in a pleasant setting, the animals are friendly and visitors are always welcome.
    Maryculter
    Aberdeen
    AB12 5FS

    Beneficiaries

    The environment will benefit from land management without the use of chemicals. The animals will have improved grazing. We will have more room for incoming rescued animals.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our charity uses the land where the project will take place.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Mavis Petrie

    Director, administrator and volunteer