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Residents discover how to green up their garden

Date: 08/05/2008           Category: Waste and Recycling

Green fingered residents have been learning how to make their own compost from compost doctors and gardening enthusiasts. Compost enthusiasts the Medway Mulchers and Medway Council’s Waste Minimisation Team have been running compost clinics this week as part of national Compost Awareness Week. They have been at Wyevale Garden Centre, Elm Court, Gillingham and Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre car park. The first events have been extremely well attended, with shoppers wanting to know how to turn everyday recyclable items like fruit and vegetable peelings; tea bags; egg shells and shredded paper into nutritious garden food. Waste Minimisation Officer Matt Feekings said the event has so far been a huge success. He said: “There’s been a steady flow of people asking us how to make their own compost and wanting to know details of the council’s subsidised “Composting has become really popular in the past couple of years and these compost clinics have made it even clearer that people are interested in reducing their waste and making their own garden food any way they can.” 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.” 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 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. This year’s Compost Awareness Week (CAW) runs until Saturday, 10 May. For more information about home composting call the Waste Minimisation Team on 01634 333509.