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.

Next composting workshop

Composting talk: From trash to treasure.

At Christ Church, Lancaster, on Tuesday 4 June, 7:30pm

Feasibility study launch

Report launch and networking event:

Composting food waste from SMEs in North Lancashire.

Tuesday 18 June, 10:30pm, location to be confirmed

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.

A photo of a group of people digging in soil

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.

Food waste, compost and shovel in a tray

COMMUNITY COMPOSTING DEMONSTRATION SITES

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 (wheel chair accessible) or join an event   

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.  

Claver Hill Community Food Growing Project

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.  

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.

Fairfield Allotments

An insulated composting area for dealing with perennial weeds which would otherwise have been dealt with off site. This keeps nutrients circulating on the allotment site and shows different compost techniques.  

Brookhouse / Caton

* COMING SOON * Residents in Brookhouse / Caton are planning to launch a community membership composting scheme similar to that at Scotch Quarry Park. This project is in the early stages with community engagement activities underway and a potential site identified.   

The Storey Gardens

* COMING SOON * A demo site that will highlight how office tentants, an on site cafe and volunteer gardeners can circulate resources together. The gardens are open to visit Mondays to Saturdays from 9am to 5pm.   

RESOURCES FOR SCHOOLS

Composting in school: a practical guide

By Recycle Devon.

Teachers Guide to Composting in Schools

By Little Rotters.

Little Rotters Composting Handbook 2nd Edition

By Little Rotters.

Waste audit activities (linked to maths and geography curriculum)

By Recycle Devon.

Creative composting teacher's pack (key stage 2)

By Recyclenow by WRAP.

Garden Organic composting resources

By Garden Organic.

Composting – Key Stage 1

By Western Riverside Waste Authority (WRWA).

Compost Curriculum Handbook

By Recycle Devon.

Twinkl composting resources

By Twinkl.

Food4families composting resources

By Food4Families RISC.

COMMUNITY COMPOSTING RESOURCES

Business food waste feasibility study

Feasibility study: Could business food waste in North Lancashire be collected and composted in a closed loop system?

Community composting info handout

Lots of useful info and links to further reading for community composters as well as anyone interested in upping their composting game. Compiled by Closing Loops.

Workshop notes

from the community composting workshop as part of the FoodFutures “Growing Food and Community” training in October 2022. See here for many other useful resources from the workshop series.

How composting combats climate change

Infographic from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (www.ilsr.org), a national nonprofit organization working to strengthen local economies, and redirect discarded materials into local recycling, composting, and reuse enterprises. It is reprinted here with permission.

Caddy sticker

What goes in your compost bin: Do’s and Don’ts. By Closing Loops.

Leaflet

How to make your own compost. By Closing Loops.

Leaflet

What goes in your compost bin. By Closing Loops.

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 by Master Composter Rod Western 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.

How to avoid rodents in community composting. By the Institute for Self Reliance in the USA.

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

Devon Community Composting Network has more useful information.

Compost Works in Liverpool sets up community composting schemes.

UK-wide Facebook group “Composting in the Community Network” for those involved in composting in the community.

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.

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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