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 home 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 an 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.
The Compost Demo Site 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 cutbacks.
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
Exanples of talks given
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.
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 include 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 materials by suitable waste disposal system e.g. conventional compost bin, wormery, food digester or for recycling or landfill. Can also be offered for adults as an Icebreaker using laminated cards
at the start of other sessions
A light hearted session for Garden Clubs linking Rods composting activities to his career as a H&S officer.
Gardens are places where people want to relax and perhaps
that’s why so many accidents happen in gardens. Hazards and accidents in the garden, including Bill and Bens Revenge, the 5,300 flowerpot related accidents, that are reported annually.