03 July 2013

Northamptonshire County Council is looking for volunteers to train as Master Composters – dedicated experts who mentor people to compost at home.

What do Master Composters do?

Master Composters commit to working a minimum of 30 hours at local events and community meetings, helping local people get the most of their compostable waste.

The scheme is run in association with Garden Organic, the national charity for organic growing. Volunteers receive an annual membership of Garden Organic alongside expert training.

Master Composters will also receive unlimited free admission to Garden Organic’s demonstration gardens and free entry to the Royal Horticultural Society gardens at Wisley, Harlow Carr, Rosemoor and Hyde Hall, plus over 20 other gardens across the UK.

Cllr Michael Clarke, county council cabinet member for transport, highways and environment, said: “Being a Master Composter gives you the opportunity to meet a wide range of people and attend a number of great local events.

“Making compost has many advantages as it is a cost-effective way of creating a nutrient-rich supplement for the garden and it also reduces the amount of waste going to landfill.”

Where are volunteers needed?

Volunteers are particularly needed in the north of the county to join the 24 fully qualified Master Composters already working in Northamptonshire.

The next training session will take place on Saturday, July 13 and those interested can visit www.recyclefornorthamptonshire.co.uk