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Green up your garden during Compost Awareness Week

Date: 30/04/2008           Category: Waste and Recycling

Photo opportunity: Medway Council’s Waste Minimisation Team will be dressed in clinical ‘compost doctors’ uniform on Tuesday, 6 May from 9am to 4pm at Wyevale Garden Centre, Elm Court, Gillingham to promote Compost Awareness Week. If you have aspirations to be a gardener like Monty Don or Carol Klein, this year’s Compost Awareness Week will help you start digging for success in your garden. This year’s Compost Awareness Week (CAW) takes place from Sunday, 4 to Saturday, 10 May, and residents are being encouraged to green up their gardens by making their own compost. As the allotment boom continues and people begin to grow fruit and vegetables in small garden plots, making your own compost is a great way to ensure your produce is a blooming success. Everyday household waste like fruit and vegetable peelings; tea bags; egg shells and shredded paper can all be transformed from smelly waste into garden goodness that not only improves soil quality by adding nutrients to feed the plants, but also saves you money and trips to the garden centre to buy ready-made compost. CAW organisers hope that as well as making their own fertile compost, residents will also be able to reduce the 6.7million tonnes of food that is sent to landfill sites unnecessarily every year. . Compost enthusiasts the Medway Mulchers and Medway Council’s Waste Minimisation Team will be running compost clinics at Wyevale Garden Centre, Elm Court, Gillingham on Tuesday, 6; and Thursday, 8 May. They will be offering support and advice to anyone wanting to make their own compost from 9am to 4pm. They will also be at Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre car park on Wednesday, 7 May, from 9am to 4pm. Wyevales Store Manager Jim Ashby was pleased to support the event. He said: “Home composting is a growing trend and we have seen an increase in people asking about home composting products when they visit the store. “We are pleased to be supporting this year’s Compost Awareness Week and visitors can book an appointment with the store’s horticultural expert to find out how to make home composting work for them.” The Medway Mulchers will also be at the Cozenton Garden Festival, Cozenton Nursery, Bloors Lane, Rainham, on Saturday, 11 and Sunday, 12 May; and Saturday, 17 and Sunday, 18 May. Waste Minimisation Officer Matt Feekings said: “Home composting is a great way for people to dispose of organic waste at home. It’s relatively easy and can save you money and trips to the garden centre to buy ready-made compost. “And as well as being able to make great compost for your garden, it can also help reduce the amount of rubbish that is sent to landfill sites. “There are lots of different ways for you to start making your own compost, and Medway Council also supports a subsided-fee compost bin scheme to get residents started.” Buying a compost bin is an easy and cheap way to start making perfect compost. To celebrate Compost Awareness Week 2008, Recycle Now is offering anyone living in Medway who buys a compost bin from May 4 to 10 the chance to win £50 of garden centre vouchers to spend on their garden. Residents can buy low cost compost bin online at www.recyclenow.com/compost For more information about home composting call the Waste Minimisation Team on 01634 333509