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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Monday 12 August 2013

Can you spy a panda?

No, I am NOT suggesting Compostman is like a panda! But...we have a HUGE thicket of rampant Bamboo which we need to sort out.

So..the Allen Scythe was brought into action along with various hand tools, to cut down the thicket of bamboo.

This is the pile of cut bamboo canes after less than half of the growth has been cut down,.

The bamboo is so rampant - it is taking over a huge area

  and we have to stop it spreading so drastic pruning is needed.

I have offered the canes to our local Wildlife Trust and also the Play rangers who work with them, so hopefully lots of bug houses and dens will get built all over Herefordshire as a result of our "pruning"


  1. At least it's going to be used for something. It would be good to build a den with it.

    1. The local Nature Trust Playrangers are coming tomorrow to collect a load for den building with local children next week, plus a load to be used for making insect hotels with the Herefordshire Wildlife Trust :)

      And we have sorted out canes for garden use and also den building and bug houses for here :)

      A good result I think!


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