A National Scheme for Help and Advice

Compost creatures display board promoting childrens activity.
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Garden Organic's  Master Composters are volunteers who encourage people in their local community to start composting at home, and offer support to people who are already home composting and may be having difficulties or need encouragement.

Anyone can be a Master Composter – you do not have to already be an expert in composting as Master Composters are trained in 'how to compost' before they start their activities. There are Master Composters of every age group and they come from a wide variety of backgrounds. This contributes to the effectiveness of the scheme – Master Composters can reach parts that other compost promoting activities cannot reach as they talk to their friends, family and neighbours, attend village fairs and it has even been know for a Master Composter to hold a compost-themed children’s birthday party!

 Volunteer Master Composters are active in local communities nationwide. 

The following list was updated in August 2018

Coventry Master Composters   

RecyclingChampions@coventry.gov.uk, tel: 024 7683 3945

Cumbria Master Composters   


Gloucestershire Master Composters     

Kate Cole, waste@gloucestershire.gov.uk, tel: 01452 426 525

 Leicestershire Master Composters

matthew.copley@leics.gov.uk, tel: 0116 3058 280

Norfolk Master Composters

enquiry@gardenorganic.org.uk, tel. 024 7630 

Oxfordshire Master Composters

Eileen.Robinson@Oxfordshire.gov.uk, tel: 07920 580 464

Shropshire Master Composters

enquiry@gardenorganic.org.uk, tel. 024 7630 3517

Solihull Master Composters

parksmanagement@solihull.gov.uk, tel: 0121 704 6115

Suffolk Master Composters


Worcestershire Master Composters

enquiry@gardenorganic.org.uk, tel. 024 7630 3517


Interested in starting a Master Composter Scheme in your area?

This section was taken from Garden Organic website

If you work in waste minimisation/recycling you may want to consider setting up a Master Composter scheme if there is not already one in your area. Whilst some capital input is required, this is offset by the positive influence of the Master Composters on diversion rates of biodegrable waste from landfill.

Things to think about when considering a Master Composter scheme:

  • Training: who will provide the Master Composters with the initial training they require on composting and home composting promotion?
  • Resources: what resources will you be able to provide eg uniforms, display resources, technical composting knowledge?
  • Support: the key to a successful Master Composter scheme is on-going, effective volunteer support. Garden Organic consider it is essential that there is a dedicated Master Composter 'Coordinator' to assist the volunteers in their day to day activities. Is there anyone available to take on this role and how much time will they have?
  • Monitoring: to justify the activity it will be important to monitor impacts and outputs.

Garden Organic provide a comprehensive Master Composter Programme that encompasses all these aspects of a Master Composter scheme, or we can supply certain aspects as required.

 To find out more about Master Composter schemes and what Garden Organic can offer you, please contact:
The Sustainable Waste Team at Ryton Organic Gardens
Telephone: 024 7630 3517
Email: enquiry@gardenorganic.org.uk