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 6 May 2011

A visit to the woodland workshop of Mike Abbott

Today Compostman and I had the most wonderful day out. As members of the Association of Pole lathe Turners and Green Woodworkers we were lucky enough to visit Mike Abbott, renowned green woodworker, in his woodland workshop.

Todays visit was part of this weekend's  21st anniversary Bodgers Ball festivities which is an annual get together of green wood workers.....on offer were visits to Mike's workshop plus another couple of green woodworking sites nearby.

We walked up to Mike's workshop past a team of working Heavy Horses doing log extraction

Fabulous views across the Herefordshire countryside.

Ancient woodland being regenerated.

Amazingly lovely wooden composting toilet building


The workshop in the woods

Mike splitting wood to make a chair spindle.

And then shaping it up on the shave horse.

Lots of pole lathes!

Walking back through the woods.

This amazing display of renewable energy generators on the Farm buildings!

A fabulous day out and thanks to Mike, Tamsin and the team for giving us all such a hospitable welcome.

1 comment:

  1. It's your blog name which brought me over.
    You are not the only compost fiend around, it's my favourite garden activity. I could wax lyrical at the mere thought of burying my arms in ripe compost.

    It's been raining all day n Shropshire. Hurrah!


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