Free bags of compost for county groups

Groups can claim free bags of compost

Groups can claim free bags of compost

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Community groups are being urged to get stuck in as Northamptonshire County Council prepares to give free bags of compost away.

The Community Composting Project is inviting community groups to help put some goodness back into the soil by offering free bags of good quality compost to pocket parks, schools and allotment groups.

It is hoped people in the community will be keen to muck in with the scheme.

Cllr Michael Clarke, county council cabinet member for transport, highways and environment, said: “Using compost on gardens is a great organic way of improving soil fertility, which means you can great produce without using chemicals.”

Southfield School for Girls in Kettering and Isebrook SEN College have already claimed the free compost as well as various pocket parks across the county.

It is hoped residents will get involved with local organisations to rediscover their roots and help improve the environment by reducing the amount of waste going to landfill.

Jan Willetts, allotment holder and master composter, said: “Our free compost will make a big difference to our new allotments.”

She went on to point out that gardeners “never know if they are facing a soggy summer or a threatened drought, but keeping soil in good heart means plants will cope better whatever happens.”

If you represent a group or would like to claim five free bags of compost call 01604 367440 or visit www.recyclefornorthamptonshire.co.uk.