MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS 2017-18
Your Membership 2015-16 runs out at the end of April, when the code lock will be changed. Membership renewal emails / letters will be sent out late March/early April. The membership fee is £25.00 irrespective of when you join during the year, so renew now and get a full year’s worth of recycling.
NOTE: You are not allowed to put any green waste into your District Council landfill wheely bins (green waste in landfill releases C02 and methane) so please contact us (see contact page of this site) for advice on Home Composting. Lesley and Hazel are Master Composters and offer free advice. Visit http://www.recycleforgloucestershire.com/reduce-your-waste/composting/home-composting/ for cheap bins and other information.
PEAT FREE SPRING SOWING - OUR LOVELY LEAF MOULD AND SIEVED LIVING COMPOST
For your spring sowing and mulching BCCS has lovely leaf mould available.
Mix it with sharp sand/grit/worm castings to make a good seed compost.
We also have lively living peat free “soil conditioner” (unsterilised compost) for transplanting those seeds that are ‘on their way’, or for mulching your beds. It is ready bagged.
£10 donation for 4 30 litre bags – cheaper than most commercial sterilised brands.
Chestergate Allotment Holders can do ‘self-help’ and take our unsieved compost free.
Go PEAT FREE this year!
BCCS advises Leominster Town: Councillors and Allotment Holders
15 visitors, Town Councillors and Allotment Holders, from Leominster in Hereford, came to BCCS on 8th October to find out about the practicalities of Community Composting. The background, permissions, site management, our development over the decade to a more mechanised system, finances and fundraising, the production of a living, peat-free medium for gardeners, home composting and the Master Composters Scheme, and the wildlife on site, were keenly scrutinised by our visitors. We look forward to hearing how they get on in the future.
BCCS participates in the STROUD VALLEYS SHOWCASE 1-2 OCTOBER
Bisley Community Composting Scheme nears the top of the hierarchy for reducing waste and is a model for a circular economy. We will be presenting and participating in the forthcoming Stroud Valleys showcase, celebrating Sustainable Stroud.
BCCS supports "Growing on Prescription"
BCCS is pleased to be working with the new Vale Community Hospital in Dursley, helping set 40 new allotment plots. The plots are for patients from local GP surgeries who will prescribe gardening to help certain conditions .“Growing for Health” is now nationally recognised; a conference in 2015 “Prescribing Gardening: Making Greencare a part of the National Health Service” presented powerful health and social arguments for community growing. Patients with conditions including heart disease, stroke, depression, musculoskeletal conditions will be amongst those referred. Gloucestershire NHS Care Trust has agreed the allocation of the land.
BCCS is supplying sieved compost to get the plot holders off to a flying start and is represented on the Steering Group for the project.
A local GP initiated the project, working with the local clinical commissioning group. The Hospital League of Friends helps with the grants raised to fund the project. Selsley gardening group “Down to Earth“is organising the plots and supporting the gardeners.
BCCS Display at the Whiteway Fete Sunday 4 September 2-4
BCCS and the Master Composters will have three display tables at the Whiteway Fete on Sunday September 4th from 2-4pm. Come and see how to make your own compost and discover the life in the soil.
BCCS advises Blockley Allotments
BCCS committee member Lesley Greene was invited by Garden Organic to Blockley’s Allotment Association to talk about setting up a Community Composting Scheme on 16 July. Kate Newman from Garden Organic led a session on home composting to a well attended group of enthusiasts.
APPG uncovers more dirt on UK soils : Report Published
The APPG on Agroecology for Sustainable Food and Farming conducted an inquiry into the health of UK soils, with a particular emphasis on agriculture. The reports published this week highlights serious concerns .
The four short reports with brief policy recommendations are available on the website: http://agroecology-appg.org/
Thomas Keble School Workshop
Seven TK students enjoyed a composting workshop, making seed compost and discussing life in the soil.We were supported by Kate Coles (Gloucestershire County Council Waste Minimisation Officer), Alex Heelis (Garden Organic), Vic Rolfe (a ‘Master Composter’ from Gloucester City) and Leonie Butler (Editor ‘Resource’ Magazine)
Our tenth anniversary continues at the Bisley Fete
As part of our tenth anniversary celebrations, BCCS had a stall at the summer fete. We attracted a good deal of interest in our activities – peat-free compost, green manures, etc. – and in our tomato tasting experiment. We had two types of tomatoes; vine grown tomatoes from the Netherlands which we bought from a supermarket, and tomatoes grown by Liz Howlett in her allotment polytunnel using only our own compost. Forty eight people took part in the blind tasting – neither they nor those of us running the experiment knew which tomato was which – and 45 of the 48 participants said they preferred the compost-grown tomatoes. A triumph for Bisley’s peat free home grown compost! Thanks to all those who made the experiment possible.
We have also had some mugs made with our logo on them and these are available at £4 each.
Visit by Worcestershire and Herefordshire Master Composters
“..a most informative and, as always, fun visit..” (Dr.Stephen Ackers, Senior Waste Prevention Officer, Worcestershire County Council) Accompanied by Waste Minimization and Prevention officers from their respective County Councils, and also from Gloucestershire County Council, 11 Master Composters from Herefordshire and Worcestershire visited BCCS on 24 November 2014 on a fact finding mission. With ten years of practical experience BCCS is now recognised as a valuable source of information on and knowledge about community composting by many local authorities and composting groups.
Visit by Thomas Keble School
In November Years 10 and 11 of Thomas Keble School Horticultural Group visited BCCS to learn about composting and recycling. Year 11’s benefitted from Amy Hughes’ yoga ‘stretching for gardening’ exercises to begin and end their workshop session, and Gillian Traverse, Gloucestershire County Council’s “Outdoor Learning Solutions” officer, contributed some excellent recycling challenge games for the Year 10’s. These two groups are now the “Young Rotters” and, enabled by BCCS, have a grant from Stroud Youth Active, to create their own school composting site