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!

Thursday 24 April 2014

Woodland play session

#forestschools #play

Earlier in the week we had a play session in the Wood, we were blessed with glorious weather and had a lovely day.

Lots of hot drinks brewed on the fire

I showed everybody how to make fire with a fire steel and char cloth

 and then every one tried to light a fire of their own without using matches.

Everyone managed it without using matches and they were all very pleased with themselves - as they should be  - it is not as easy as it looks!

We had lunch and hot chocolate and then I then showed them all how to make char cloth in the hot embers of the fire, using a lidded can, with a hole in the lid (very important!)  and cotton rags. Char cloth is useful as it is really easy to get an ember going when you strike a spark onto it. You can make charcoal sticks for drawing in the same way

The children ran around and played lots of hide and seek games and built a den and gathered firewood and enjoyed themselves - no mobiles or games consoles in sight!

The adults sat around the fire and chatted and listened to bird song.

Everyone had a great time :)


  1. It looks like you had a wonderful day.

  2. I'm off to 'Conkers' tomorrow.... with 230 Year 8s and the Geography department. Hopefully the weather will be OK! I think our kids are due to be doing some fire-lighting too. Jx


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