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People celebrate “black gold” during International Compost Awareness Week

The 'Black Gold' that you can make in your own back garden. Picture: Garden Organic Ryton

Events have been taking place across the world to mark Compost Awareness Week: a celebration of using organic waste as a resource.

Compost clinics, masterclasses and giveaways are taking place up and down the country between May 5-11. Garden Organic Ryton is running a decorated compost bin competition and inviting people to send in photos of them and their compost bins. Some of the organisation’s 500 volunteer master composters are holding events, including demonstrations in how to make rotbeds – small compost heaps within bottles on which to grow flowers - and holding compost giveaways.

Those at the Snibston Discovery Centre in Leicestershire are holding a ‘compost safari’ on May 10, a chance to look for the creatures, including the compost-thriving tiger worm, which live in or help to make compost. Gardening expert Alys Fowler, writing in The Guardian to mark the week, described composting as “the ultimate way to reuse and recycle”.

Garden Organic Ryton showing people the many ways to compost at home. Picture: Garden Organic Ryton

She wrote: “Vegetable peelings, toilet roll holders, the scum from the sink strainer, the empty flour packet, the coffee grounds and rhubarb leaves, fuzzy fruit, moldy tomato paste, old socks, pants too, orange juice that fizzes, old bills, dog hair, a vase worth of flowers, old tea towels and pizza boxes, if it will rots down I will take there. 

“In return my garden grows lush and provides lunch or supper and sometime both. My compost bins provide the greatest wildlife habitats I know. They team and seethe with life. Bumble bees nest in them, worm wriggle, slugs munch, frogs follow and trillions of bacteria, yeast, mould and microbes call them home. Another world sits at the bottom of my garden.”

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By Lucy

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