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.

To learn more about us click on the About Compostwoman tab and remember to click on the photos to make them full size!

Friday 27 March 2009

Upcoming Composting and Recycling event!

I shall be at Bishops Wood Environment Centre, nr Stourport, Worcestershire this Sunday 29th March, at a Recycling and Composting Open Day, doing my Master Composter work to help people compost as much of their household waste as possible. There will be lots of us there and it is a busy programme of events! I have been busy helping to organise this event and really hope it goes well.

The timetable is as follows:-

Sunday 29th March 2009 11.0 a.m. – 3.0 p.m.
Timetable of Talks

Compost and Recycling Corner 11.30 a.m. Making Compost (Trevor Bell of WRAP)

12.0 p.m. Permaculture garden _ reusing materials (Wade Muggleton of Worcestershire Countryside Service)

12.30 p.m.Using compost in the garden (Master composter)

1.30 p.m. Bokashi compost systems (Woody Nelson of Bubble House Worms)

2.0 p.m. Recycling question time Panel (Deborah Parker MHDC, Rachel Kennett BDC, Trevor Bell WRAP , Viktoria Salisbury WCC)

2.30 p.m. Worm composting (Richard Fishbourne of Wiggley Wigglers)

Out and About all day.
Friends of Bishops Wood membership and Tombola in the foyer.
Worcester Resource Exchange and Duckworth Trust making mini-beasts from recycled materials in the Rainbow Cabin
Recycling Bus, recycling games and compost clinic on the field
Newstart recycled furniture and Bishops Wood Nursery plant stall on the path

Choose to recycle, re-use or compost at Green Street. Take photos of your family becoming worms, beetles and apple cores in the Giant Compost Bin

at the picnic area under the pylon.

Displays and Young Enterprise Sales stalls in the Woodland Room and Poolside Rooms
Compost Sales in the car-park
Compost(ideal soil improver)£2 per bag (3 for £5)Kindly provided by Severn Waste Services Proceeds in aid of Friends of Bishops Wood

Local Food / Global Recipes Café in the Chestnut Cabin.
Boreley Pig Roast – at the entrance to the field Just follow the delicious smells!)

regarding Bishops Wood Centre
"The centre is located within a 39-hectare site which includes 17 hectares of ancient woodland and a field of 11 hectares which was planted to re-create mixed broadleaf woodland, meadows and other habitats.

Bishops Wood is recognised nationally and internationally for its work in environmental and sustainability education with schools and for its training courses.

Due to the nature of our educational work, regrettably, the Centre is not open to the general public except on our Open Days."

I think Bishops Wood is a WONDERFUL place, very interesting and educational and great fun to visit! I really hope to see some of my blog friends there, so if you DO come to it, please come and say hello to me!


  1. This looks like it will be a lovely day, enjoy yourself. Are you coming to the US for a day of composting? I could only wish.


  2. I've been to Bishopswood several times and I love it there. Some of the living willow features are part of my handiwork when I did a living willow course. Great place - really inspirational. Hope you have a successful day on Sunday - and don't forget the clocks go forward on Sat night/Sun morning!!

    Rosie x

  3. That sounds great - wish we lived nearer!

    But, I must say,the thought of a picnic area under a pylon scares hell out of me. Given that it's an educational area, what the hell was whoever designed it there thinking?

  4. Sounds like a fantastic day - wish we could be there! I love the Bishops Wood Centre - I used to be a helper with Young Archaeologists and we had great fun flint-knapping and hunter-gathering there!
    Have a wonderful time!

  5. PS: if you get a chance - check out my blog today. I have questions about soil that I think you might be able to give advice. Thank you!


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