Free courses help gardeners compost in confidence

Free training courses are on offer to anyone who thinks they can help gardeners get the confidence to compost at home or enhance their skills.

Backed by Somerset Waste Partnership, eco-education charity the Carymoor Environmental Trust is recruiting volunteer Compost Champions.

Compost Champions help spread know-how and skills in composting to gardeners throughout Somerset.

The first step is to join one of two free one-day Compost Champion training courses being held in April.

The courses available are: Saturday 23 April at Hestercombe Gardens near Taunton, and Saturday 30 April at Carymoor Environmental Centre near Castle Cary.

Running 10am-4pm with lunch provided, the days include the chance to visit Hestercombe’s impressive gardens or Carymoor’s nature reserve.

Carymoor chief executive Rupert Farthing said: “Composting is the most environmentally-friendly way to deal with garden waste.

“It reduces waste to costly and polluting landfill and converts garden waste into a free soil improver that makes for better gardening.”

“Training is free but volunteers must undertake to champion the cause in their community to help residents waste less, recycle more and save money.”

To sign up or for more details, email, call 01963 350143 or visit

The Compost Champions scheme, supported by Somerset Waste Partnership and Viridor, started in 2009 and now more than 65 volunteers across Somerset pass on their enthusiasm for home composting in their local areas.