Garden Organic Master Composters

Garden Organic’s national mentoring scheme to promote and advise on home composting.

National charity Garden Organic have been at the forefront of organic horticulture since the 1950’s.  Established by journalist and writer Laurence Hills as the Henry Doubleday Research Association, the charity now based at Ryton Organic Gardens, has a large membership base and works to promote, learn, and educate in organic practices.  Composting is recognised as the cornerstone of organic gardening and as such the charity strive to work with local councils and partners around the UK to promote the benefits of it.  Home composting is a fantastic sustainable solution to reducing the burden of household waste.  Not only that, it provides fantastic, rich compost to use in your own garden.

Alongside our partners we recruit, train and support volunteer ambassadors who help us to share the virtues of composting to a wide audience.

The Sustainable Communities and Education Teams at Garden Organic have a wealth of experience in composting, organic growing, volunteer management and community engagement.  The team have been training both the public and waste professionals since 2001.

 

What is a Master Composter Programme?

Garden Organic's Master Composters are volunteers who spend time promoting home composting in their local community, encouraging householders and allotment holders to take up composting and ensuring those already composting continue to do so effectively. Master Composters come from many backgrounds and age groups; their unifying feature is their enthusiasm for encouraging more environmentally friendly waste management practices.

Master Composter Programmes are funded to operate in particular geographical areas. Working alongside local authorities and waste service providers, we tailor programmes to meet the demands within that respective area.

 

How can Garden Organic help you?

Our pioneering work in the establishment of Master Composter schemes in the UK and the training of home composting and recycling advisors has helped to bring composting into the mainstream. We are often the first port of call for anyone interested in learning more about home composting or setting up a Master Composter programme.

The Garden Organic Master Composter programme is a flexible list of services and resources that local authorities and/or NGOs can buy into. Garden Organic provides the technical expertise necessary to the scheme and provides various options for the day to day operational support to the volunteers.

As well as the Master Composter programme, we can also provide a suite of training courses, promotional resources, and a technical support package of information and advice on composting either on a small scale at home or on a large scale for businesses, schools, etc.

To find out more about Master Composters, Garden Organic’s current projects, and their wider portfolio of work click here. <https://www.gardenorganic.org.uk/master-composter-schemes>

Master Composter Details & Contacts: Cumbria

  

Established in May 2017 with funding from Cumbria County Council, Garden Organic are recruiting, training and supporting volunteers to promote home composting.  As a rural county, food waste collections are not feasible and so a large part of this project is to encourage residents to not only compost the ‘typical’ organic waste items but also cooked food waste in specialist compost bins designed to process it.  Alongside trained volunteers active around the county, residents are able to purchase heavily discounted composting bins designed to accept cooked food waste.

MC’s are volunteers who spend time promoting home composting in their local community, encouraging householders to take up composting and ensuring those already composting do so effectively. MC’s come from many backgrounds and age groups; their unifying feature is their enthusiasm for composting and their ability to engage with and make a difference to their local community.
People’s attitudes and behaviour can be influenced by family, friends, neighbours or work colleagues and it is for this reason that our volunteers can provide a unique and much needed role.
 

How you can get involved

  • Become a Master Composter: If you are interested in attending one of our training courses to become a Cumbria Master Composter please email our local coordinator Emma Lynch on ELynch@gardenorganic.org.uk
  • Request the help of a Master Composter - do you need advice, want a composting talk or have an event Master Composters could attend?

 

Master Composter Details & Contacts: Gloucestershire

The Gloucestershire Master Composter programme is delivered in partnership with Gloucestershire County Council. Master Composters have been promoting home composting to Gloucestershire residents since 2010.

The programme aims to reach any Gloucestershire resident who wants to start composting at home and offer support to people who are already home composting and may be having difficulties or need encouragement.

There are around 15 Master Composters in Gloucestershire who attend a variety of events to promote home composting and give advice to the general public. They also give talks, go into schools and write blogs and articles about composting.

Anyone can be a Master Composter. You do not have to be an expert in composting as Master Composters are trained in 'how to compost' before they start their activities. There are Master Composters from a wide variety of age, background and culture. This contributes to the effectiveness of the scheme – Master Composters can reach parts of a community that other compost promoting activities cannot.

Get involved

  • Become a Master Composter – Please contact either Garden Organic or Gloucestershire County Council if you are interested in becoming a Master Composter
  • Request the help of a Master Composter – do you need advice, want a composting talk or have an event Master Composters could attend? Please contact us and let us know.
  • Visit the Recycle for Gloucestershire website

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

Master Composter Details & Contacts: Leicestershire

The Leicestershire Master Composter programme is delivered in partnership with the Leicestershire Waste Partnership at Leicestershire County Council. Master Composters have been promoting home composting to Leicestershire residents since 2008.

The programme aims to reach any Leicestershire resident who wants to start composting at home and offer support to people who are already home composting and may be having difficulties or need encouragement.

There are over 60 Master Composters in the county who attend a variety of events to promote home composting and give advice to the general public. They also give talks, go into schools, advise community gardens, maintain compost display areas and write their own blogs and websites.

Anyone can be a Master Composter. You do not have to be an expert in composting as Master Composters are trained in 'how to compost' before they start their activities. There are Master Composters from a wide variety of age, background and culture. This contributes to the effectiveness of the scheme – Master Composters can reach parts of a community that other compost promoting activities cannot.

Get involved

  • Become a Master Composter – There are ongoing opportunities to join the programme as a volunteer, please contact Matthew Copley (details below) for more information
  • Request the help of a Master Composter – do you need advice, want a composting talk or have an event Master Composters could attend? Please contact us and let us know.
  • Visit www.lesswaste.org.uk/volunteering

Garden Organic, enquiry@gardenorganic.org.uk, tel. 024 7630 3517 Leicestershire CC Master Composter co-ordinator - Matthew Copley, matthew.copley@leics.gov.uk, tel: 0116 3058 280

For composting advice, visit www.carryoncomposting.com, created by one of the Leicestershire Master Composter team.

Master Composter Details & Contacts: Norfolk

If you’re a resident in Norfolk and want to know how to start composting, have a problem with your compost or need help to decide if a darlek, wormery or hot bin is right for you then we have 80 trained Master Composters (MC’s) here to help.

Norfolk Master Composters started in November 2006. The main aim of the programme is to raise awareness amongst the wider public of the benefits of composting, through a network of volunteer advisors.

Since its inception, 246 trained volunteers have spent over 8,500 hours promoting home composting in the county.

The Norfolk programme operates as a partnership between Garden Organic and Norfolk County Council.

MC’s are volunteers who spend time promoting home composting in their local community, encouraging householders to take up composting and ensuring those already composting do so effectively. MC’s come from many backgrounds and age groups; their unifying feature is their enthusiasm for composting and their ability to engage with and make a difference to their local community.

People’s attitudes and behaviour can be influenced by family, friends, neighbours or work colleagues and it is for this reason that our volunteers can provide a unique and much needed role.

Norfolk County Council (NCC) has a target to reduce 1kg of left over rubbish per household per week. By working with residents across the county the volunteers play a very important role in helping to meet this target and achieve reduction of residual waste and maximum rates of diversion.

Get involved

  • Become a Master Composter - The initial training is a two-day foundation course and the next one will take place in Spring 2020. If you are interested in attending the training course and becoming a Norfolk Master Composter email mastercomposters@norfolk.gov.uk or call Norfolk County Council’s Customer Service Centre on 0344 800 8020.
  • Request the help of a Master Composter - do you need advice, want a composting talk or have an event Master Composters could attend? Please contact us and let us know.

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

Master Composter Details & Contacts: Shropshire

Shropshire Master Composters are volunteers who encourage home composting and waste prevention. The group was established in 2006. Over 90 volunteers have since graduated from a special course which is run by Garden Organic with funding and support from Shropshire Council and Veolia Shropshire.

There are volunteers across Shropshire and Telford who encourage composting in their local community by attending events as diverse as school assemblies, farmers markets, flower shows, green days, village fetes and music festivals. They have also run environmental education projects, made video guides, established allotments and set up community composting schemes!

If you are interested in gardening, the environment and particularly composting, and willing to give your time then get in touch. Full training is provided.

Get involved

  • Become a Master Composter – Please contact Garden Organic if you are interested in becoming a Master Composter
  • Request the help of a Master Composter – do you need advice, want a composting talk or have an event Master Composters could attend?

Please get in touch with our Master Composter Co-ordinator for Shropshire

Rachel Phillips-Street, email: rphillips-street@gardenorganic.org.uk, tel: 07584 343846

Master Composter Details & Contacts: Suffolk

The Suffolk Master Composter programme is delivered in partnership with Suffolk County Council. Master Composters have been promoting home composting to Suffolk residents since 2007.

The programme aims to reach any Suffolk resident or group that wants to start composting at home and offer support to people who are already home composting and may be having difficulties or need encouragement.

There are around 60 Master Composters in Suffolk who attend a variety of events to promote home composting and give advice to the general public. They also give talks, go into schools and write articles about composting.

Anyone can be a Master Composter. You do not have to be an expert in composting as Master Composters are trained in 'how to compost' before they start their activities. There are Master Composters from a wide variety of age, background and culture. This contributes to the effectiveness of the scheme – Master Composters can reach parts of a community that other compost promoting activities cannot.

Get involved

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