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International Compost Awareness Week
Sunday 1st - Saturday 7th May 2016

Calling all keen composters!

This International Compost Awareness Week (1-7th May) Garden Organic are planning to co-ordinate a series of short composting workshops around the country, and we need your help!

We’re looking for enthusiastic composters to lead a short workshop in their area. Leaders will be given full support, including

  • An outline session plan for the workshop
  • Downloadable resources to use during the session
  • A pack of materials to help promote your workshop
  • Hints and tips on running the workshop, including finding a venue and taking online bookings

We’ll be helping to raise awareness nationally through the press, and via our website, members’ magazine and emails.

If you think you might like to lead a workshop we’d love to hear from you. Just complete our short online form and we’ll be in touch with more details.

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Let’s make this International Compost Awareness Week one to remember!

More information on exciting plans for 2016 to follow but in the meantime here is an overview of what we did in 2015.

Our theme for 2015 was 'Life inside your compost heap'.  A compost heap isn't just a heap of dead stuff; it is a hotbed of biological activity.  One gram of compost can be home to literally millions of microscopic creatures.  The compost heap is a bit like a mini-beast nature reserve. 

To help you discover this hidden world we created the following resources:

To see our Compost Creature leaflet click here

If composting creatures themed wordsearches are your thing then click here

For a composting activity sheet click here

Identify the creatures you find in your compost heap with a handy ID sheet by clicking here

Life inside your compost heap - What you don't see; factsheet here

You can see some of the creature photos in Garden Organic's 2016 calendar here:

Treat yourself to one of our 2016 calendars

We have also been celebrating the International Year of Soils and have created an exciting new Soil Information Pack.

 “It is a truth universally acknowledged – but often overlooked – that our soil is at the very heart of successful growing”, writes James Campbell, Chief Executive at Garden Organic.

This pack will help you understand your soil, and how to manage it the organic way – creating the best environment for your plants to thrive.

It includes information on the following:


Enjoy getting to know your soil. Happy growing!

Garden Organic’s Soil Information Pack has been kindly funded by donations from Garden Organic members. Would you like to join us? Membership costs as little as £2.75 a month, and not only gives you full access to our advisory service, but also free or discounted entrance to many gardens across the UK. Call 02476 308210 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Competition time!


Leicestershire Master Composter Rod Weston set up a poster competition to celebrate Compost Awareness Week this year and you can find out about the winners here.





Check out what we have seen in our compost...

This video is of a pseudoscorpion, the grid squares are each 5mm.


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