International Compost Awareness Week 2015 runs from 4 May to 10 May so why not get inspired to make your own at home.
You don’t need to have a big garden…or any garden at all, you can make compost on a small scale and use it on your potted plants and window boxes. To get inspired visit Home Composting who is the organiser of International Compost Awareness Week in the UK.
Composting makes the world go round. It recycles the nutrients that make plants (and animals) grow, feeds the bugs that keep the soil healthy and is a sustainable, low-cost way of dealing with ‘rubbish that rots’. And it can be fun too! This years theme is ‘Life inside your compost heap’. A compost heap isn’t just a heap of dead stuff; it is a hotbed of biological activity. One gram of compost can be home to literally millions of microscopic creatures. The compost heap is a bit like a mini-beast nature reserve.
MEMBER CASE STUDY: Tiphereth Camphill
CRNS Member Colinton Community Compost believe in the value of reusing natural resources and saving waste wherever possible. The compost they produce is organic by nature and created with a community focus. They’ve been operating as part of Tiphereth Camphill in Edinburgh since 2013, to support Tiphereth’s work with adults with learning disabilities and other support needs.
All of their compost is PAS100 Certified and approved by The Soil Association and they believe it’s the best in Edinburgh. From start to finish, they use compost to reach out not only within their own Tiphereth community, but to others in our local area and beyond.
Craig McCormack, Sales and Distribution Coordinator at Tiphereth Trading says: ‘Every Tuesday the Pentland Group, part of Tiphereth’s Day Service, collect green garden waste from over 600 homes in our local community of Colinton, which we use to create our compost. We have a great time meeting people and getting involved in the community, and we really value this activity as one of the key elements of our composting process. In reusing this natural resource, we create a product that’s great not only for the customer, but provides a service to the community, and meaningful work for members of Tiphereth’s Day Service.
‘Our composting process serves not only our local community, but many other like-minded community gardening groups across the city. We recently opened our doors to the Jack Kane Community Centre’s Garden Globe Project, who came to visit and learn more about how our composting process can work for them, enabling vegetable growing in even the smallest of spaces. Not long after we were able to return the visit, delivering our organic compost to Jack Kane’s community gardens and seeing for ourselves what can be achieved with enthusiasm, hard work and creativity. We’ve loved building up partnerships like this with a range of community groups, including the Cyrenians, Leith Community Crops in Pots, and Lochend Secret Garden, and offer a discount to help community projects like these flourish.
‘We share with these groups a passion for therapeutic and holistic methods for helping others. At Tiphereth we love the community that we make up as staff, service users and parents. All of the profit from our compost sales and other social enterprise work goes straight back to Tiphereth, enriching the lives of everyone within our own community. We operate Residential and Day Services, and would love to grow these even more.’
Colinton Community Compost is a CRNS Member and a social enterprise based in Edinburgh. If you’re interested in finding out more about them, or would like to order compost, please visit their website www.tiphereth.org.uk, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone 0131 312 9944.