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Great Free Compost Giveaway on Clapham Common this Saturday

GARDENERS and food growers can get their crops off to a flying start by getting hold of some free compost on Clapham Common, thanks to Lambeth Council and food growing group Incredible Edible Lambeth.

Bring a barrow, a bucket, a bag or a buggy to the Great Compost Giveaway and Pumpkin Seed Sowing Event and take away free green waste compost made on Clapham Common on Saturday 28th April between 11-3pm by the bandstand café on Clapham Common.

The compost has been produced from organic material collected on the Common by Lambeth Council parks staffs, and the giveaway has been organised by the council and Incredible Edible Lambeth, a collection of people and organisations who work together to make sure that healthy, sustainable, locally produced food is available to everyone living in Lambeth,.

Visitors will also be able to plant a pumpkin seed to be harvested at a special harvest festival pumpkin competition in October and there will also be horticulture advice from experts at South London Master Gardeners.

Fiona Law from Incredible Edible Lambeth said: “The first requirement of good gardening is healthy fertile soil, but the stuff that comes from the garden centre is not really the answer as it is likely to be stale, to have travelled many miles by lorry, and contain peat – which is not sustainable – and of course it can be expensive. We are working to make good quality sustainable compost or “growing media” available to people that has been produced locally and sustainably. It’s fantastic that we have been able to work with Lambeth Council on this project, which hopefully will help food growers and gardeners in the borough get their growing off to a flying start.”

Victor Chin-Kit, area parks officer for Lambeth Council, who helped develop the project, said: “A huge amount of green waste is produced in parks each year from grass cuttings, pruning and leaf fall. We are working to make sure we maximise the amount of green waste that we turn in valuable compost and mulch so that it can be used back in our parks, or to help local food growers and community groups. We want to support local groups as much as we can and this is a real example of cooperative working. I hope as many people as possible turn up on the day as it will be a great opportunity to get to meet other local growers and get some expert advice.”

Editors’ notes:

For more about how Lambeth is becoming a Cooperative Council see http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/cooperativecouncil

For more about how Lambeth Council is recycling green waste from its parks and open spaces, see.

http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/Services/Environment/ParksGreenSpaces/GreenWasteRecyclingParksOpenSpaces.htm

What is Incredible Edible Lambeth?

Incredible Edible Lambeth is a collection of people and organisations who work together to make sure that healthy, sustainable, locally produced food is available to everyone living in Lambeth, regardless of income, both now and in the future.
See http://www.incredibleedibleLambeth.org for more information.

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