Compost giveaway helps residents’ gardens grow

Dacorum Borough Council gave away 10 tonnes of peat-free compost to residents and community projects to celebrate International Compost Awareness Week (5-11 May).

Around 140 car-loads of keen gardeners from across the borough came to Cupid Green Depot to bag up their free compost on Sunday 12 May. Wildflower seeds were also given out free of charge. These had been specifically chosen to help out pollinators, such as bees and butterflies, who are desperately in need of our support at the moment.

Visitors commented to the staff how happy they were with the freebies and what good quality the compost was. Many were excited to get started on their gardening projects.

Some of the compost was donated to local homeless charity DENS and Sunnyside Rural Trust. DENS does communal gardening all year round and grows fruit and veg with the help of volunteer gardeners and residents of the Elms. Sunnyside Rural Trust is a thriving charity and social enterprise that offers training and work experience for people with learning disabilities. It helps them to acquire skills in a number of rural activities, including growing a wide range of plants and produce, landscaping and garden maintenance.

The compost was donated to Dacorum Borough Council by Biogen, the company responsible for turning the contents of your garden waste bins into compost.

Craig Thorpe, Environmental Services Group Manager at Dacorum Borough Council, said: “The annual giveaway is our opportunity to show residents what happens to the garden waste they put into their green-lidded bins. The compost we provide is ready to help their gardens grow again and is a perfect example of recycling at its finest. We are so pleased that our compost giveaway can benefit so many residents, as well as communal projects. I hope that the giveaway has helped to encourage more people to use the green-lidded bins for their garden waste, or even to try out home composting themselves.”

Did you miss the giveaway? Maybe you want even more compost for your garden?

You’ll be pleased to know that bags of compost produced from your green bins can be purchased from Hertfordshire’s Household Waste Recycling Centres (tips/dumps) for just £5 a bag. To find the location of your nearest centre, visit Hertfordshire County Council’s website.

Alternatively, you might be interested in creating your own compost. If so, you could get your own home compost bin and transform your fruit and vegetable peelings and garden waste into your own nutrient-rich compost. For more information about home composting bins, visit the Council’s home composting page.

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