Compost celebration a resounding success

International Compost Awareness Week composting workshop Ryton Organic Gardens

At the beginning of May we celebrated the virtues of composting as part of International Compost Awareness Week by calling upon our network of volunteer Master Composters, members and supporters to go out into their local communities and share the message of composting at home.

The week was a resounding success with compost giveaways, composting workshops, drop in advice sessions and table top displays spanning the length and breadth of the country. Many hundreds of people were given the opportunity to learn about composting and through the passion of the charity’s volunteers and members were inspired to take the messages home.

Garden Organic volunteer Master Composter Amanda Jermy took part in a Spring Fair at a newly established compost demonstration area at Norfolk’s County Hall;

It was great to see so many council staff coming out to see what was going on and get drawn in to composting conversations.

“For most organic gardeners, home composting is a no-brainer,” commented David Garrett, Sustainable Communities Manager at Garden Organic, “but we know there are millions of people out there who don’t compost, simply because they don’t know how. International Compost Awareness Week is the perfect opportunity each year to share our knowledge.”

Making and using compost is the cornerstone of gardening, especially organic gardening. The finished product is rich, dark, crumbly and sweet-smelling. It is made of recycled garden and kitchen waste, and can also include paper products. It is used to feed and condition the soil and in making potting mixes. Around 40 percent of the average dustbin contents are suitable for home composting so it helps cut down on landfill too.

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Tuesday, 10 May 2016