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, which we share with Chickens, Cats, Guinea Pigs 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 work as an environmental educator, lecturer, writer and Forest School leader at Moors Wood . I am a Master Composter and have spent the last 11 years as a volunteer Community Compost adviser with Garden Organic and my local Council. I offer talks and run workshops and events where we talk about compost, veg growing, chicken keeping, cooking, preserving and sustainable living. We also make crafts and have fun.

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 March 2014

A very creative Compostgirl

Really proud that Compostgirl's writing talents have been recognised and she is one of the winners of the All Write 2013 writing competition. She will have her story illustrated and published in an Anthology and get a certificate signed by Poet Laurate, Carol Ann Duffy. She is also in contention for the overall best story award.

 All Write 2013 is organised by Manchester Metropolitan University's  Creative Learning Network

The Manchester Children's Book Festival invites young writers to send in their creative writing for this free-to-enter competition. There is no set theme and pupils are encouraged to write in any genre. If you are a secondary school running a transition project with feeder primaries, let us know – we welcome group entries and are happy to publish work produced by other projects. The best entries will be illustrated and published in All Write 2013 and copies of the anthology will be presented to winning pupils.

Compostgirl didn't send her entry through school though, she looked up creative writing competitions on the web and sent off her entry - very enterprising of her. Her school will get a copy of the Anthology for their Library, though and if Compostgirl wins the overall award the school will get a special author vist :)

We are all so excited! Watch this space :)


  1. What a fabulous achievement. We hear so much negativity about our young people these days, it's a shame we hear more about the bad when, in fact, there's so much more good stuff to shout about. Very well done to your daughter, you must be a very proud mum.

  2. Well done Compostgirl and very enterprising of you as well. A few years ago, I was one of 10 runners up in a competition, I was so pleased.


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