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 7 June 2013

Busy being Compostwoman

Its been a busy week for my alter ego, Compostwoman.

On Wednesday I spent all day at  with 13 Herefordshire Primary Schools at an event to celebrate World Environment Day and Eco Schools, along with representatives from Water, Cycling, Waste minimisation, Healthy Living, Global Perspectives and other good stuff. I, and several other Master Composters , were there as "Others" which covered Green Woodworkers, Recycled crafts, h Energy, Nigel Hand ( again) with assorted wonderful reptiles and us with planting, bug hunts in the compost and the compost food chain.

It was a terrific day and the children seemed to really, really enjoy themselves :-)

I have also been preparing for a very busy weekend - I am at The Garden Festival, Hellens  this weekend, along with a team of Master Composters - yet again I am the organiser for the MC's, so have a lot of preparation and planning to do to make sure our stall is really good and everyone is happy with what they are doing :-)

I am also setting up the stall and taking it down again on Sunday.

And giving a talk on Sunday afternoon.

So my mind is FULL of compost at the moment :-)

But I hope to have time to look around the wonderful stalls there, and especially to go and listen to Brigit Strawbridge talk about Bees :-)

Off to take some of the stall to Hellens - it is a beautiful June summer evening here

Hope you have a lovely week end, whatever you do.


  1. I recently visited the Gardening Scotland show and made this wee movie that I think will make you smile. It's Jim Carruthers (Scottish Natural Heritage) giving a talk on "How to not Garden" in order to improve a garden's biodiversity. He's serious and hilarious at the same time!

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    1. Thanks for asking, Hazel - It went really well - loads of people spoken to and helped, my talk was fully subscribed, with a couple of people chosing to stand ( as there were no seats left) :-)

      I am writing a post about it now ( as it is raining) and will be posting later - I took yesterday to recover as it was a very strenuous weekend, with all the setting up and taking down of the stall etc.


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