A reminder of the rules and facilities on the allotment in relation to composting…
The communal compost area is managed by volunteers, mostly during our monthly stewardship mornings. It takes a lot of work to sort and maintain this facility, so please consider helping out when you can.
It should be noted that this facility is primarily for composting waste material from communal areas and from small (less than 2.5 rods) plots. We do not have the space or the resources to compost all members waste material. If you have a full size plot, please build your own compost area and manage your own waste – your soil will improve and so will your crops!
Compost bins are located to the left as you come in through the main gate, just behind the pizza oven. Generally just one of the three or four bins will be in use at any time. Please only put organic matter from your plot which will rot down easily within six months.
Please make sure to remove any seed heads and no Mare’s Tail or Bindweed.
There will be only one bin in use at any one time. Please do not pile things on top of bins that are not in use as this material will just have to be dealt with by someone else.
If the bins are full you will have to dispose of the material on your plot or off site.
Compost produced from the bins is available to buy, subject to availability, from the shop for £1 per bag.
Either side of the bins are two large piles of compost. Here you can add Couch Grass, plants which form a tangled mess, or anything else that will take more than six months to rot down.
There are plans to get a shredder for woody material like brambles and twigs. Between October and April, please add these materials to the communal bonfire pile in front of the pizza oven. Do not add material here during the summer.
A reminder that you may burn material on your own plot, only between 1st October and 30th April. Please only burn dry material, be considerate to neighbouring plot holders and nearby residents, and never leave a fire unattended. See section 5.7 of your Tenancy Agreement for more info.
All non-compostable materials should be removed from the allotments. This includes glass, plastic, metal, stones, fabric materials like weed suppressant etc. Anything else which can’t be burned or composted, including anything with fungal infection, such as tomato blight.