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International Composting Week turns out more Green Thumbs in Lewisham!

What do seaweed, urine, nettles and grass clippings have in common? They are all rich in Nitrogen and are a fabulous food source within your compost. And what do loo rolls, sticks, scrunched paper and dried leaves have in common? They are all high in Carbon and provide the necessary structure and air pockets for your compost.

The finished product

The finished product

Together these types of ingredients provide the ideal environment for millions of micro-organisms and other creatures such as worms, wood lice, fruit fly, snails and beetles to live. They’ll make homes and munch away at your garden and kitchen waste turning it into compost.

A full compost bin ready for the garden

A full compost bin ready for the garden

Here at Lewisham, we’ve just celebrated International Composting Week by running 6 free workshops where nearly 60 people learnt how to set up and maintain a healthy compost at home.  Some had already started composting but needed help to get the best result out of it, however many had never done any composting before attending the course. Regardless of experience everyone who attended were enthused to compost even more…

Leave it in a warm place in the garden

Leave it in a warm place in the garden

“(The course) was informative and encouraging. I got good ideas for tackling my compost without it sounding difficult…”

A 220 litre compost bin

A 220 litre compost bin

 “(The course) was fun, well delivered, and was a nice atmosphere and location… got me in the mood for more gardening!”

Peelings, grass clippings, tea bags etc. can all go into the compost bin

Peelings, grass clippings, tea bags etc. can all go into the compost bin

We hope to run more sessions later in the year, so if you are interested in coming along, keep an eye out on the Council’s website or in Lewisham Life for advertised sessions.

http://www.lewisham.gov.uk/myservices/wasterecycle/Garden-waste/Pages/Composting.aspx


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Composting workshops 2013

Lewisham Council is offering free composting workshops that you, your family or your friends may be interested in. The workshops will give you lots of tips and information and you will learn how to compost properly so that you can turn kitchen and garden waste into good useful compost that can be used on your garden.

Learn how to set up a compost bin, what can and cannot go into a compost bin, getting the right mix and trouble shooting. There’s no need to bring anything apart from yourself but if you could be there five minutes before starting time, that would be great.

Mr Compost says 'Come along and learn how to make some good quality compost for your garden.'

Mr Compost says ‘Come along and learn how to make some good quality compost for your garden.’

The dates and locations are as follows:

Wearside Depot 7 May 10am to 11.15am

Devonshire Road Nature Reserve 7 May 4.30pm to 5.45pm

Devonshire Road Nature Reserve 8 May 10am to 11.15am

Devonshire Road Nature Reserve 8 May 6.30pm to 7.45pm

Dacres Wood 9 May  12 noon to 1pm

Wearside Depot 9 May 7pm to 8.15pm

Booking information

Contact: Kristina Binns
Tel:020 8314 2145
Email: kristina.binns@lewisham.gov.uk

Looking forward to seeing lots of people there.


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New Compost Workshops 2012

Composting is an inexpensive, natural process that transforms your kitchen and garden waste into a valuable and nutrient rich food for your garden. It’s easy to make and use.

Composting reduces waste and is good for the garden

Do your bit to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill. Even for households that are already composting, new research has found that almost half of the food waste in their rubbish bins could have been composted. Did you know, composting at home for just one year can save global warming gases equivalent to all the CO2 your kettle produces annually, or your washing machine produces in three months?

Compost is a nutrient-rich food product for your garden and will help improve soil structure, maintain moisture levels, and keep your soil’s PH balance in check while helping to suppress plant disease. It will have everything your plants need including nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium and it will help buffer soils that are very acidic or alkaline. Compost improves your soil’s condition and your plants and flowers will love it!

So why not book onto one of the following courses…they’re free!

June Course (Hurry! Nearly full)

June 13

Meet at the security office, at 6.30pm for a prompt 6.40pm start finishing at 7.50pm. Wearside Depot, Wearside Road, SE13 7EZ

September Courses

Saturday 01 Sept

Devonshire Road Nature Reserve, Forest Hill, SE23. (The site entrance is opposite Tyson Road)

9.30am – 10.45am or 11am – 12.15pm

Monday 03 Sept

Dacres Wood, Dacres Rd, Forest Hill, SE23 2NZ (The site entrance is adjacent to Homefield House)

11am -12.15pm

Wednesday 05 Sept

Downham Library within the Downham Health and Leisure Centre, 7-9 Moorside Road, BR1 5EP

5pm – 6.15pm or 7pm – 8.15pm

Thursday 06 Sept

Downham Library (as above)

11am – 12.15pm or 1pm – 2.15pm

Booking is essential.

To book, please email: kristina.binns@lewisham.gov.uk

(title email ‘compost workshop’, state which date, session time and how many people will attend. Please also include your phone details)

Alternatively call 020 8314 2145 to leave a detailed message, stating which date, session time and how many people will attend.



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Free composting workshops

Our composting workshops are a fantastic way for newcomers to learn about the subject and they can also offer handy tips to composting veterans! In just over an hour you can learn:

  • Best placement and setting up a composting area
  • Do’s and don’ts of what to put in
  • How to treat difficult plant matter
  • Getting the balance of materials right
  • Speeding up the process

Where?

Downham Library

7-9 Moorside Road, Downham, Bromley BR1 5EP

 When?

There are 4 sessions to choose from:

  • Tuesday 1 May      10.30 – 11.45am
  • Tuesday 1 May       1 – 2.15pm
  • Wednesday 2 May   5 – 6.15pm
  • Wednesday 2 May   7 – 8.15pm

 Booking is essential

To book, please email kristina.binns@lewisham.gov.uk

Please title email ‘composting 2012’, state which date, time and how many people will attend.

 Alternatively, call 020 8314 2145, you may need to leave a message as this phone is often “un-manned”.

Please state which date, time and how many people will attend and leave your contact details.


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Free Composting Workshops!

Making and using compost is the cornerstone of gardening, especially organic gardening. So with that in mind what better opportunity to get started or learn a bit more about composting than with our Free Composting Workshops.

In just 1 hour you can learn…

How to get a compost started

  • Do’s and don’ts – what goes into a compost
  • How to get the best out of your compost
  • Wormeries
  • Q & A

To book onto a course, please email Kristina on: kristina.binns@lewisham.gov.uk (please title email “compost workshop”, state which date, time and how many people will attend).

The Workshops are:

Manor House Library – 34 Old Road, London SE13 5SY

  • May 10th (Tuesday) 7-8pm
  • May 11th (Wednesday) 9.30-10.30am and 11am-12noon

Devonshire Road Nature Reserve, Forest Hill, SE23 (entrance is opposite Tyson Road)

  • June 1st (Wednesday) 5.30-6.30pm and 7-8pm
  • June 2nd (Thursday) 5.30-6.30pm and 7-8pm
  • June 3rd (Friday) 3-4pm and 4.30-5.30pm
  • June 4th (Saturday) 9.30-10.30am and 11am-12noon

Alternatively call 020 8314 2145. You may need to leave a message as this phone may not be attended to everyday. Please state which date, time and how many people will attend and leave your contact details when leaving a message.