Hello and welcome to The Compost Bin. I'm Compostwoman and I live with my family in rural Herefordshire. We have nearly four acres of garden and woodland, all managed organically and to Permaculture principles, which we share with Chickens, Cats and assorted wildlife. We also grow a lot of our own food, run courses in all sorts of things and make a lot of compost!

I am a Master Composter and have spent more than a decade as a volunteer Community Compost adviser with Garden Organic and my local Council.
I'm a self employed Environmental Educator so I run workshops and events where I talk about compost, veg growing, chicken keeping, cooking, preserving and sustainable living. I also run crafts workshops and Forest School/outdoor play sessions in our wood.

We try to live a more self sufficient lifestyle here, as best we can, while still having a comfortable life and lots of fun.

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Thursday 5 June 2008

A chair!

My amazingly talented artist friend Tamsin came and cut some hazel from our wood a few weeks ago...and LOOK what she has done with it!

Tamsin takes commissions to make chairs.....


  1. That chair is absolutely amazing. I would love to be able to make it.

    Is it all willow, or hazel? Does it last long if left outside? Are the wands treated in any way to make them last?

    I coppice a small wood below one of my allotments, and have found that the wands do not last very long before becoming brittle.

  2. It is all Hazel, Susanna...and it is not treated so the chairs natuarally dry out and eventually fall apart.

    I think a coat of veg based oil helps to keep them good tho'


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