Free composting workshops for Lambeth residents

Unfortunately these workshops have been cancelled and postponed until further notice.  Please accept our apologies.

Have you ever wondered whether it’s safe to put meat in your garden compost heap? Or puzzled over when your compost is going to be ready for spreading on your flowerbeds?  Well, puzzle no longer, because you will soon be able to put all of your questions to Lambeth’s very own Compost Doctor, who will be giving two presentations (Friday 19 October, 1-3pm and Saturday 20 October, 1-3pm) about the composting process, and offering free advice on how you can get the best from your compost bin. 

The Compost Doctor workshops are part of Lambeth’s new ‘Cleaner Streets’ campaign and £20million investment in transport and environmental improvements to help smarten up the borough’s streets making them cleaner, greener and safer.

Cllr Pete Robbins, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Services said: “The Cleaner Streets campaign is all about improving the look and feel of Lambeth streets for residents, making them cleaner and greener for everyone to enjoy. Composting garden waste is another practical way in which we make this happen.

“I would encourage all keen, green-fingered gardeners out there in Lambeth to book a place early as these workshops are a great opportunity to see the composting process at firsthand and receive advice from an expert.”

Residents will be taken on a tour of the Shakespeare Road garden and given a practical demonstration of how compost bins are used there.

Topics covered will include:

•           Choosing the right bin;

•           Getting the balance right;

•           Composting do’s and don’ts;

•           Composting at home and in community gardens.

There are two sessions available and they are open to all Lambeth residents and community groups.

Both workshops will take place at Lambeth Recycling’s offices at 185-205 Shakespeare Road, SE24 0PZ.

To book your free place, or request further information please contact the Compost Doctor by emailing compostdoctor@lambeth.gov.uk

For more information contact:  Jemima Broadbridge, Press Officer, 020 7926 0473, jbroadbridge@lambeth.gov.uk

Notes to Editors

1.        To find out more about home composting see: http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/Services/Environment/RubbishWasteRecycling/HomeComposting.htm

2.         Lambeth Council’s Cleaner Streets campaign aims to work with residents to keep streets and pathways tidy, maintained and free of litter and waste and keep neighbourhoods green and attractive, as well as increasing recycling and cutting down on waste. The campaign will also seek to build on the success of the council’s award winning Community Freshview initiative that sees local people work with the council to take action to improve their neighbourhood, and aim to get more people involved in their area, as well aiming to change the way the council works with local people on developing schemes such as 20 mph zones.

2.         Last year Lambeth residents applied the weight of 15 elephants’ worth of compost (75000kg/75 tonnes) to flowerbeds in their streets as part of the Council’s Community Freshview scheme.  Community Freshview is an award-winning scheme that has helped to give Lambeth’s streets a new lease of life as residents join forces with the Council to makeover their local areas and give them a cleaner, greener, safer look.  For more information see: http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/Services/Environment/GetInvolvedToImproveYourNeighbourhood/CommunityFreshview.html








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