The Closing Loops project is building a composting network for North Lancashire to encourage community composting as an accessible way for everyone to get into composting, and to spread composting awareness, skills and knowledge in the community.

If you are interested in transforming food and garden waste into a valuable resource, stop spending money on compost and stop food waste going into landfill, then composting is for you. 

Scroll down to find out about ways you can get involved, for example by hosting or attending a workshop, sharing your skills as a Composting Champion or starting a new composting demonstration site. Or get in touch with Diana, Community Composting Coordinator at the Closing Loops project, with your questions.

Get to know the Compost Champions

Join an introductory get-together on 1 February

Are you enthusiastic about composting, keen to learn more, share your experience and support others with composting? As a Compost Champion, you can support and inspire composting as a response to climate change.

Join an informal get-together with free refreshments at the Herbarium on Thursday 1 February at 5.30pm.

In this video, Kathy from Claver Hill Community Food Growing Project in Lancaster explains the role that compost played in the magical transformation of bare land to an abundant garden. She also talks us through the various composting methods that are used at Claver Hill.

Start a composting demonstration site

We are building a network of community composting demonstration sites across North Lancashire. Could your campus, company or neighbourhood become one? Support is available. Take a look at the Scotch Quarry Urban Park example below and get in touch to find out more.

Become a Compost Champion

Are you a keen composter, enthusiastic about sharing your composting knowledge, with time to volunteer? The North Lancashire Composting Network is keen to build a network of local Compost Champions and this could be you!

Host a composting workshop

Are you keen to bring community composting to your community or neighbourhood? We offer training to community groups who want to set up or develop their composting across Lancaster District.  

Read up about a composting workshop held in Warton earlier this year in this blog post.

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COMMUNITY COMPOSTING DEMONSTRATION SITES

First kitchen scraps going in 16Sep 4

Scotch Quarry Urban Park

The fruity corners project in Lancaster’s Scotch Quarry Urban Park is community composting demonstration site in Lancaster. Read up about the progress at the progress of the group in this blog post. Visit the site or join an event   

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The Plot

The Plot grows local, seasonal organic vegetables and trains and supports new growers who want to produce local food. Find out more or check the FoodFutures events calendar for occasional farm tours.  

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Claver Hill Community Farm

Claver Hill on the ridge in Lancaster is one several community composting demonstration sites. You can visit the site anytime or find out about tours and events on the FoodFutures events calendar.  

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Ryelands School

Ryelands School in Lancaster is taking part in the Where The Wildings Are schools project and has established a school compost. Where The Wildings Are! is a programme that turns schools into hubs that reverse climate change, biodiversity loss and food insecurity.

The Storey Gardens

The Friends of the Storey Gardens and Lancaster Sustainability Hub are collaborating to run a community composting demonstration site at the beautiful Storey Gardens in central Lancaster. The gardens are open to visit Mondays to Saturdays from 9am to 5pm.   

RESOURCES

Leaflet: “How to make your own compost” & “What goes in your compost bin

 

Kew Gardens: How to make your own compost mixes for seed, potting on and containers

Advice from Garden Organic on how to compost

Carry On Composting: This site has a wealth of information on how to compost for those who want to dig a bit deeper. Search the list at the top to find a topic.

Caddy sticker: “Community composting dos and don’ts”

How to avoid rodents in community composting

Information and advice on community composting from Brighton and Hove Food Partnership who have been doing community composting for over ten years

Workshop notes from the community composting workshop as part of the FoodFutures “Growing Food and Community” training in October 2022, along with many other useful resources

Peat’s Sake Campaign run by Garden Organic to raise awareness of how digging out peat for garden compost is an act of environmental vandalism

More resources for download coming soon.

CONTACT

To find out more about the North Lancashire Composting Network, how to get involved and how to become a Composting Champion, please get in touch with the Closing Loops Community Composting Coordinator Diana.

ABOUT CLOSING LOOPS

Closing Loops is a collaborative project created to stimulate a thriving local economy in North Lancashire. You can find out more about Closing Loops and the team members on the Closing Loops project page

FUNDING AND PARTNERS

Closing Loops is a FoodFutures project launched in 2022 and funded by the National Lottery Climate Action Fund. It brings together six key local organisations (LESS, Lancaster District CVS, Eggcup, Global Link, Shared Future and Scientists For Global Responsibility) in order to take forward big chunks of ‘Our Food Futures: a community food strategy for North Lancashire’. 

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