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, writer and Forest School leader at Moors Wood . I am a Master Composter and spent 10 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!


Monday, 21 March 2016

One door closes, another opens!

Having spent a lot of time thinking very hard about the future, I have come to the conclusion that the unforeseen unexpected loss of my volunteer position with Garden Organic and Herefordshire Council (after 10 years of volunteering) has finally freed me to follow and enable the vision I talked about last May at The Eden Project/ Big Lunch Extras weekend (Best.Weekend.Ever!) 




One door closes, another opens and this door closing has finally allowed me to get on with the future me. I have now completed and filed my School for Social Entrepreneurs application for a new social enterprise venture, which will encompass the volunteering activities I previously carried out.  Forms to convert my dormant Ltd company to a CIC are ready to be filed. I hope this will allow those who cannot employ me as 
Moors Wood  (usually because they are grant funded with conditions applied) will still be able to access my expertise. I also want to "give something back" to my community and setting up a CIC seems a good model.

My self employed business  is finally flourishing as people have begun to actually offer to pay for what they previously got for free from me as a volunteer, but will no longer get as I am not, any more.

Am a bit gobsmacked tbh and having crawled out from under the potting bench to do this  I am so grateful for all the support and encouragement I have received.


So, watch this space for exciting news!

10 comments:

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  2. Hugs

    Knew it would work out better for you in the long run - just not how you envisaged the route to be. A bit of a u turn but a stronger you and something much more positive in the long run that you will feel far more satisfied with long term. Well done another wrinkle being ironed out. Go girl. Pattypan xx

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    1. Yes now I am over the flu I feel a lot more positive!

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  3. You've handled all this really well, and it goes to show as one door closes another one opens, something that we have always found to be true.

    There are exciting times ahead, with you now being the master of your own destiny. Hope it all goes from strength to strength.

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    1. Thank you Sue - I am excited at what will happen and looking forward to it.

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  4. Well done, the whole CiC route is a good send to community practices.

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    1. I agree! Am excited to think what the future holds

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  5. I'm happy to see that you're not out of the loop! I wish you all the best on your journey and here's to a brighter, more green future together!

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