14 June 2013

Community groups are being invited to claim free bags of compost in a scheme that has been organised by Northamptonshire County Council.

Who can claim?

The community composting project is aimed at pocket parks, schools and allotment groups across the county and each organisation can apply for up to five free bags of peat free, recycled compost.

Five tonnes of compost has been supplied by Amey, formerly Enterprise, the operating company for Northamptonshire’s household waste recycling centres.

Cllr Michael Clarke, county council cabinet member for transport, highways and environment, said: "Composting is a great way of putting the goodness back into the soil after harvesting a crop.

"Using compost on gardens is a great organic way of improving soil fertility, which means you can great produce without using chemicals.

"Of course there are added benefits in that if waste is being composted it isn’t going to landfill, which is tremendously important."

How to claim

If you represent a group and would like to claim five free bags of compost please contact 01604 367440 or visit www.recyclefornorthamptonshire.co.uk. Limited stocks are available.

The following Pocket Parks have already claimed 100kg of top quality compost:

  • St Edmunds Residents Association
  • Syresham Pocket Park
  • Great Billing Pocket Park
  • Hackleton Pocket Park
  • Warmington Pocket Parks
  • Boddington Jubilee Field

Who's benefitted so far?

Ashton Allotments, a micro-allotment with six plots for villagers received a special delivery of 1.2 tonnes of compost through the community composting project. The new plot was created on community land, formally the home of a dilapidated 1920’s village hall.

Jan Willetts, allotment holder and master composter said: "Our free compost will make a big difference to our new allotments. Looking after your soil is so important if you want good results from your plants, whether they are Flowers and shrubs or fruit and vegetables.

"Adding compost to your soil helps to maintain a good structure, improving drainage and water retaining capacity at the same time.

"We never know if we are facing a soggy summer or a threatened drought, but keeping your soil in good heart means plants will cope better whatever happens."

The following schools have already claimed compost too:

  • Southfield School for Girls, Kettering
  • Cedar Road Primary, Northampton
  • Isebrook SEN College, Kettering