Food for the soil: green-fingered residents bag free compost from Dacorum Borough Council

The giveaway marked International Compost Awareness Week
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A council giveaway proved food for the soil for green-fingered Dacorum residents.

Ten tonnes of compost were shared between more than 300 householders earlier this month as Dacorum Borough Council marked International Compost Awareness Week.

The council distributed the compost to keen gardeners well as to volunteer gardeners at Cupid Green Depot. The compost, provided by waste recycling company Biogen, was produced from garden waste, collected from homes across Dacorum.

Over 600 bags of compost were given away to residents.Over 600 bags of compost were given away to residents.
Over 600 bags of compost were given away to residents.

The compost was peat-free since peat production destroys valuable eco-systems and releases carbon into the atmosphere.

More than 300 packets of bee-friendly wildflower seeds were also given out through the Dacorum Climate Action Network to support pollinators and brighten up gardens and allotments.

As well as garden waste, compost bins can be used to recycle some food waste, including tea bags and fruit and vegetable peelings.

More guidance on composting and on the garden waste service, an annual cost of £45, can be found on the council’s website.

Top compost tips

1. Buy a decent compost bin

If you don’t fancy building a compost heap like the large ones we have at Eden, try a compost bin. They’re compact, so they’re perfect for smaller gardens and yards.

2. Pick the perfect spot for your compost heap or bin

It’s best to site it on a level, well-drained spot, which will ensure that any excess water drains away easily. This also helps worms to get in and get on with the job of breaking down the content.

3. Let the worms do the hard work

Nature has provided us with the perfect waste disposal unit in the humble worm. They can live their whole lives in the dark and love the moist atmosphere of a wormery or compost heap, eating the waste material you put in and converting it into liquid feed and compost. The brilliant tiger worm (Eisenia fetida) is the most efficient little worm we know, and loves nothing more than eating its way through organic waste. We post them out from our shop in worm-friendly pouches so they get to your compost heap ready for action.