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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Wednesday 31 March 2010

And today I have been making.....


it was really horrible out there today, but despite the rain, hail and sleet, I managed to make this willow structure, with help from children at the school and other members of staff.

All told we made 3 more today to add to the big one we made on saturday.

A roundhouse and two arbours ( mine is an arbour)

The children all had the chance to make some bit of at least one willow structure and also went and inspected the one the adults made at the weekend.

They can't wait for the willow to green up and be magical and shady.

I am going to make some similar structures in the wood as shelters. All good fun!


  1. So is the willow still in the ground? I am very interesting in doing something like this for my own yard.

  2. I would love to do something like this when I have more growing space. It really is a wonderful start, to something beautiful and permanent and living.

  3. This is the coolest thing I've seen in a while! Can I copy it?

  4. This is the coolest thing I have ever seen. I am going to make an arbor and some tomato teepees.


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