Composting Events and news

17. Jun, 2019

We had an average of 90+ visitors to the composting stand at the wildlife weekend on both days in spite of the rain. This is one of the events where we concentrate on hands-on activities having a small compost safari with material from our wormeries and giving children a chance to make a dozen seedballs using a wild flower mix or poppy seeds. 

The main problem, other than the rain, was that Simon our most adventurous snail kept making a run for freedom but luckily he was only moving at a snails pace so we managed to catch him. The small microscopes that fit smartphones proved very popular with some of our adult visitors

12. Jun, 2019

We have posted photographs of the fourth week of composting using pallet compost bins at Stokes Wood Allotment Compost Demonstration Site  in Leicester. The photos which may be freely reproduced show the decomposition of allotment waste at weekly intervals. The photos were taken  when the organic material was aerated by turning it from one bin to another. We will be continuing the series until the compost is ready to use, although during the maturation stage, we may extend the interval between photographs. The full set of photos can be seen at

11. Jun, 2019

The  Carry on Composting page   on rats  and composting has been updated to include more information  to help make composting less welcoming to  rats.  

This weekend 15th and 16th june is the Bradgate Park Wildlife Weekend for those who are in the East Midlands. We will have a Composting stand and be helping kids to make Seedballs

7. Jun, 2019

The compost demonstration site at  Stokes Wood allotment site in Stokes Drive, Leicesteris now open  to the public between 10-12 on Wednesday mornings,  when the site breakfast  club is open, this offers the chance to see the site  and have a good old  fashioned English breakfast. 

For those who cannot visit the site we have over a slideshow of over 50 photos giving a tour of the site and the showing the individual bins on display at

 The site pavilion  is available for hire by Garden Clubs, Allotment Societies and Schools  for composting workshops and talks which include  a tour of the site. It can also be hired for other events. 

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2. Jun, 2019

The friendly team from the National Allotment Society return with a bigger and better area dedicated to everything allotment at this years Gardeners World Live at the NEC

Come and meet the team from the National Allotment Society to find out practical, hands-on, ways to growing your own fruit and veg with success! Their friendly team will be on hand with hourly talks and  Q&A sessions, ready to help you with any questions that you may have about homegrown or allotments. I will be giving two sessions as part of the programme  on Thursday 13 June 


11am Andrew Tokely, Kings Seeds 'Seed sowing tips'

Stephanie Hafferty, No Dig Organic Home and Garden 'No Dig Allotments' 

1pm Rod Weston, Master Composter, 'Home Composting'
2pm Stephanie Hafferty, No Dig Organic Home and Garden 'No Dig Allotments' 
3pm Andrew Tokely, King Seeds 'Seed sowing tips'
4pm Rod Weston Master Composter 'Liquid feeds, Compost and Plant Teas'  

 Do come and join us