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Composting at home is one of the best recycling actions you can take. You keep the fertility in your garden and handling and transport of the heavy waste to the Council’s facility is avoided.  

Compost for digging in and mulching can be produced in any type of compost bin. Almost all garden and raw kitchen vegetable waste can be added(NOTE: COOKED food should NOT be put into a general compost heap as it attracts rats);  turning the heap will speed up the process. If you aren’t inclined to turn your compost don’t worry—it will still rot down but will take longer.

The garden compost heap will deal with most waste but if you set up and run a worm composter this produces a valuable liquid plant feed. You can gain help from  They are volunteers, and give advice to groups and individuals on home composting .

Many composts that are sold contain peat: this has resulted in a loss of sensitive and rare habitats .  Like peat based products not all peat free composts seem to produce great results so seek the views of people who use them if you can  . Composted bracken is sometimes available from the Wildlife Trust  in Abbey Foregate as well as other peat free composts and, of course, this is the place to obtain lots of information on wildlife gardening.

New and promising is Sylva Grow, an organic growing medium compost, can be purchased at Blue Diamond (Percy Throwers),Oteley Road, Derwen Garden Centre,Guilsfield, Lawley Nursery, and Heather Brae, Leebotwood, SY6 6LU.

Bubblehouse Worms

Various composting systems.—“Promote global worming!”

Centre for Alternative Technology

Has composting, demonstration gardens and gardening information. Catalogue sells garden items,

Machynlleth, Powys,

Fertile Fibre

Peat-free compost made from Coir

Ginger & Co. Coffee

Mainly locally sourced ingredients for cakes and sarnies. Fairtrade / Rain Forest Alliance Coffee.

Offer spent coffee..... free for your compost. 

30-31 Princess St.
07795142603 Facebook/gingerandcocoffee

Jesent products

"Locally handmade useful sustainable timber products, ranging from recycling box stores, compost bins, storage units, veg grow boxes etc

Organic catalogue

Dedicated to promoting Organic growing for more than 50 years.

Seeds,plants,pest control etc.

Shropshire Master Composters

Advice is given to groups and individuals on home composting by volunteers, Shropshire Master Composters are now run directly by Garden Organic.   Contact the  new local co-ordinator and trainer - Rachel Phillips-Street  at  or tel 07584 343846.


Shropshire Wildlife Trust

 Shropshire's leading conservation charity. It manages over 40 nature reserves.

Offers a number of volunteering opportunities throughout the county, including:

Survey work, help with events, Education and Gardening help



Wiggly Wigglers

For worm bins and accessories, plus all sorts of gardening products, seeds and plants