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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Sunday 15 May 2011

Garden Organic’s Master Composter and Master Gardener Conference 2011

Today I was at Garden Organic's HQ at Ryton for the Master Composters and Gardeners Conference. A day which brings together the committed volunteers from Garden Organic’s Master Composter and Master Gardener schemes, to share experiences, release new findings, celebrate and debate all things compost and gardening.

Key highlights included
  • Peter Smithers, University of Plymouth – Bug Survey Findings
  • The Impact of the Master Composter Scheme Nationally
  • Master Composter Awards and Graduation Ceremonies
  • Workshops including, Water Saving, Vertical Veg/Urban Growing, Seed Saving, Wormeries, Peat Bogs & Compost, Insect ID, Permaculture
For me the best bits are the networking and sharing involved in meeting 200 people who all share the same passions for composting and gardening as I do! AND some great workshops, meeting up with old friends, making new friends and visiting the fabulous gardens at Ryton

I also got to meet up with blog friends Sylvia from The RecycleWorks, Babs from Little Terraced House and KompostGwen, amongst others.

I came away inspired and refreshed, if a little (!) tired.


  1. I want to go to this! Bugs and compost musings? Yes please!
    Oh, and I gave you an award :-)

  2. Hi Sarah

    I wish we had more time to chat properly!

    It was a great day to be amongst 200 other people that felt inspired by "compost"

    Until next we meet xx

    1. I love the "masters " conference - all those other folk who like what I do, just as much :-)

  3. Hi Compostwoman, I'm really sorry that I was unable to attend the Master Composter conference... and as I think you know, nothing would have made me happier than to finally meet you and be with all the other keen composters!

    It's a pity that Ryton is so difficult to get to by public transport... especially on a Sunday, when they held the conference.

    So I just couldn't get to Coventry or Rugby from York on a Sunday morning early enough to get a bus to Garden Organic for the quite early start time.

    Next time I'll try to arrange it that I come down the previous day and stay with friends in Kenilworth or Leamington.

    Glad you had a good time!

  4. I looked out for you John but rapidly realised you were absent :-(

    Never mind, maybe next time? we will meet up somewhere, sometime I am sure!


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