Compost Awareness Week Demonstration site open
Compost Awareness Week
The Stokes Wood Allotment Composting Demonstration site , Leicester was opened on the first day 5th May of Compost Awareness week.
The Photos show the site, the first tour, making Seedballs on the site, the compost safari in the site pavilion (the building is large enough for the safari area to be separated form the refreshment area) and the best two painted compost bins.
The pavilion is available for hire for meetings and events and may also be booked for composting talks and tours of the site.
International Compost Awareness Week 2019
Sunday 5 May – Saturday 11 May 2019
International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) is the largest and most comprehensive education initiative of the compost industry. It is celebrated during the first full week of May
Throughout the week of ICAW, community and business events are held in a countries across the world to encourage and celebrate composting. All types of composting – from backyard to large-scale are promoted. Events include tours of compost facilities, Workshops as part of school gardening programs, compost workshops on allotments and community gardens , lectures and talks on composting, compost roadshows by local councils and compost bin offers.
Master Composters, Allotment Societies and local councils will be organising events over the country during ICAW. Details of the UK theme do not appear to have been published yet (Jan 2019) but the for most of us the aim is to promote composting, provide support for local composters.
Better Soil, Better Life, Better Future
International Compost Awareness Week Australia is a week of activities, events and publicity to improve awareness of the importance of compost, a valuable organic resource and to promote compost use, knowledge and products. Composting helps reduce carbon pollution by avoiding landfilling organic materials and helping to build healthier soils.
ICAW Australia is an initiative of the Centre for Organic Research & Education (CORE), a not-for-profit organisation conducting year round organic research, education and awareness activities.
The USA theme for this year is Cool the Climate - Compost!. The meaning behind this year’s theme is that there are many ways to help reduce our carbon footprint and reduce climate change and adding compost to the soil is one means of doing this.
The ICAW Committee is looking for an individual (or team of individuals) in each state, who is willing to lead International Compost Awareness Week in their home state. It's easy to be involved, especially if you are already celebrating ICAW! If you are interested or need more details, contact Beth Simone, firstname.lastname@example.org
Compost Awareness Week and Allotment Associations
Sunday 5 May – Saturday 11 May 2019
ICAW provides the opportunity for Allotment Societies across the country to promote allotment gardening and demonstrate their commitment to reducing waste sent to landfill and good environmental practice
Throughout the week of ICAW, community and business events are held across the world to encourage and celebrate composting. Events include tours of compost sites and allotment facilities, school talks and workshops, compost workshops on allotments, talks and lectures as well as publicity on local TV, radio and in the press.
While Master Composters, Garden Organic, local councils and others will be organising events across the country during the week the network of local allotments in villages, towns and cities could take the lead in ensuring maximum community involvement.
Promoting local society events
Publicity is the key to increasing awareness of composting. Use social media asking people to share the posting. Issue a press release to local papers and radio stations. It is helpful to have a single point of contact for the site activities and provide the contact details of this spokesperson on all literature.
Posters still provide an invaluable means of increasing local awareness. In addition to displaying posters on allotment notice board ask for them to be displayed on local council notice boards, community centres, village halls, schools and in local shops and businesses.
School workshops and sessions
Sessions in Schools provide an excellent way of promoting composting both by means of talks to Assemblies, practical help with composting in the school garden or workshops such as Compost Safari’s.
Details of composting activities for schools can be found at ww.carryoncomposting.com/142941457
Allotment open days
Compost week offers the opportunity for the Society to demonstrate that it is a real community asset by inviting the public to a tour of the site showing how the plot holders approach composting and turn organic waste into a useful product to be used to improve the soil on the site.
Village halls, Community Centres and Social Clubs provide a good venue for talks by a Society member or a local Master Composter describing how home composting will benefit the community by reducing waste. The local council could also be offered part of the session to present details of their waste disposal systems. It is hoped to have a series of slides available to be downloaded shortly.
Compost Awareness Week Slide presentation
This Powerpoint presentation presentation can be used by Garden Clubs, allotments and schools to promote composting during Compost Awareness week and to provide information to encourage people to start composting their kitchen and garden waste.
The initial slides give details of the waste produced by households in England and the proportion that could be composted.
Compost Awareness Week 2019
Composting Powerpoint presentation
A presentation providing information to help people start composting at home, on the allotment and in schools.
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