Visit today to learn how you can do your part to create a more sustainable Southern Chester County!
776 Rosedale Road
Kennett Square, PA 19348
TLC’s New Leaf Eco Center is a budding sustainability education site, and is open to the public seven days a week from dawn until dusk. The New Leaf Eco Center contains several demonstration areas, each focused on a different sustainability technique, and a loop trail through the meadow and wetland areas. TLC holds workshops on the site throughout the year, led by local naturalists and sustainability experts. We also encourage visitors to stop by to enjoy the site outside of scheduled workshops. At New Leaf we request that all dogs be leashed at all times.
We have installed a small meadow trail system looping around the meadow at New Leaf with interpretive signage to help better understand our demonstration sites. This meadow trail connects to the Eastern portion of the property via a wetland trail complete with an elevated wooden walkway. The Eastern portion of New Leaf is home to an arboretum of sorts which also offers a crosswalk to connect to the Kennett Township Building’s own meadow trail. Parking is available at either location.
To view the trail map click here.
TLC’s Apiary has been thriving since 2011, thanks to our donors and grant funders, TLC’s professional beekeeper, and, of course, our amazing honey bee colonies. All of our hives are maintained using organic methods by Dan Borkoski, of Sun Bear Apiary and the Chester County Beekeepers Association. From May-October each year, Dan leads Open Hive Day workshops for current and prospective beekeepers, as well as those who are simply interested in learning about the world of honey bees.
Currently, the Apiary contains three Langstroth Hives, one Top-Bar Hive, and an Observation Hive, which is located in our Outdoor Classroom. *Currently, the bees in our Observation Hive have gone indoors to hunker down for the fall and winter seasons. Stay tuned for spring, when the Observation Hive will be buzzing again!*
Composting and Recycling Demonstration Area
The Composting Demonstration Area consists of several different home composting setups, ranging from more complex models such as a plastic compost tumbler, to a simple bin made of recycled pallets. Interpretive signage gives the pros and cons of each method, providing a range of options for anyone interested in learning to compost, regardless of their means or living situation.
Mycoremediation and Edible Forest Garden
TLC is located in Kennett Square, AKA the Mushroom Capital of the World, which makes it the perfect place to demonstrate the technology of Mycoremediation. This method uses the natural growing process of fungi to purify soil of toxins. TLC began using Mycoremediation in 2011, and have completed two successful rounds of the process to-date. We work with West Chester University to monitor and publish the results of our Mycoremediation work, in hopes of sharing this promising new technology with the public. TLC’s Mycoremediation has resulted in a plot of land that now serves as our Edible Forest Garden. The garden currently contains persimmons, raspberries, and elderberries. Stay tuned for the next Mycoremediation Workshop, to learn about the many–some surprising–uses of the fungi we know and love.
Bioswales are depressions in the ground, laid out and dug along contours of the land. Bioswales on small-scale projects (a few acres or less) are often hand-dug with digging tools to an average of 18 inches deep and 18 inches wide, or to whatever depth and width desired. The soil dug out is piled on the downhill side of the slope, creating a berm. The bioswales are then filled with organic matter such as wood chips or compost to allow for regulated filtration of water as it meets the swale, thus acting to retain stormwater runoff, and over time allow it to percolate through the soil rather than continuing to ‘run’ across the landscape. The bioswale berms become planting beds, and can be planted with vegetation that can serve for further purposes including bioremediation of polluted waters.
If you have additional questions, please contact us at 610-347-0347 ext. 106 or firstname.lastname@example.org.