Training, talks and advice on composting for gardening clubs, allotment societies, schools etc.
Rod Weston is 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, with over 25 bins, at which
practical training and advice (free) can be provided.
He is a regular speaker at Garden Clubs, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Examples of talks
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, Hotbins, 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 system and in ground systems suitable for raised beds. 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.
Garden accidents and safety
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 is why so many accidents happen in gardens. The session gives the chance to laugh at hazards and
accidents in the garden, including Bill and Bens Revenge, the 5,300 flowerpot related accidents, that are reported annually.