Training, talks and advice on composting for gardening clubs, schools etc.
Rod Weston is a Master Composter and an enthusiastic composter. Before "downsizing
" he had 5 compost bins (3 daleks, a Green Johanna, an Aerobin 400) and a Green Cone food digester together with four wormeries (one an indoor model), a separate dog poo wormery at homet He also has a desk-top wormery and two Wiggo pods and Bokashi
bins to illustrate talks and demonstrations. He won the NWLDC Green Footprints Award for Individuals and Families in 2011, and appeared in "Mr Bloom Out and About" in 2014 and CBBC Newsround in 2019. In addition to composting at home he was a allotment composter
and has served as Chairman of his local allotment society, as well as East Midlands Regional Representative of the National Allotment Society
He now manages a Composting Demonstration site at Stokes Wood allotment, Leicester, at which practical training and advice can be provided Compost
Demo Site This was previously at University of Leicester Botanic Garden and "Compost Corner" the at Snibston Discovery Park.before that was closed. as part of the council cut backs. He is a regular speaker at Garden
Clubs, U3A groups and allotment societies etc. across the east midlands.
Sessions are also offered to schools etc.
These include Compost Creatures and making Rotbots. Over 1200 Rotbots (a compost bin in a bottle) were made in one weekend when Mr Blooms Big Day Out came to Leicester in 2013.
There is no charge for talks and demonstrations although a charge may be made to cover mileage. Brief details of standard talks are given below but talks can be designed to meet the specific
needs of any group.
Rod also has a stand that can be used to promote composting at fetes, open days, Company Eco
days etc Contact him at email@example.com
Home and Allotment composting.
Types of composting: trenches, heaps and bins, wormeries and bokashi systems. Locating the bin, home-made & commercially available bins. The composting process “greens” and “browns”. Harvesting and using compost.
Food waste composting.
of food waste. Advice on improving your green footprint by composting at home and work using composters suitable for: Schools, offices, residential homes, cafes and restaurants. The session can included information on Bokashi bins, the Green Cone food digester,
Green Johanna, Hotbin, Jora, Ridan and Rocket ranges of composters capable of dealing with from 6 to 400 litres of waste each week right up to 1750 litres.
A power point presentation showing the microorganisms and larger creatures involved in converting organic
materials into compost. Plus some of the animal visitors sometimes found in the compost bin. This can be offered for adults or as a simple "Identify the Animal” activity for children. A practical session on trapping compost bugs can be included.
Introduction to vermiculture, home-made
& commercially available wormeries. Dump and sort and stacking systems. Worm wee liquid feed.
Dog Poo Wormeries
The use of wormeries to convert with dog poo into compost for the flower garden. Session includes safety precautions
and information on wormeries for single digs and up to wheelie bin size.
Compost, Comfrey, manure and nettle teas.
An introduction to making a range of liquid fertilizers including both conventional and aerated compost tea (ACT)
Devised for children. Sort plastic vegetables,” cooked” food and other materialsby suitable waste disposal system e.g. conventional compost bin, wormery, food digesteror or for recycling or landfill. Can also be offered for
adults as an Ice-breaker using laminated cards at the start of other sessions
A session for Garden Clubs. Gardens are places where people want to relax and perhaps that’s why so many accidents happen there.. ..
Hazards and accidents in the garden, including Bill and Bens Revenge, the 5,300 flowerpot related accidents, that are reported annually.
Allotment safety inspections
Use of a checklist system to carry out a realistic allotment safety audit and inspection
(½ day or day workshop - can include on-site session)
Allotment Health & Safety Risk Assessment.
Health and safety risks on the allotment and the preparation of a realistic risk assessment
based on the actual likelihood and potential severity of injury.