Leicester Composting Demonstration Site Photos
A second shot of the branches showing some of the dug area which is to house a lasagna compost mound
The start of grass boarding. Layers of grass cuttings and paper/cardboard. Covered to retain moisture
1970s plastic bin. This may be removed from the display and be converted into a bin that children can wear to have their photos taken
Earthmaker Gravity fed aeration system. Please note the lid is rotated to open please do not try to lift it.
3 Tumbler barrel composters. The far composter is empty so that you can compare the efoort required to spin and empty barrel with one full of compost
Liquid feed preparation area. Compost tea, aerated compost tea (using solar aerator), comfrey and nettle tea.
TheJora 125. Insulated composter with dual chambers used for food waste from the cafe. Hoped to be used kitchen waste (Compost Cooked and Uncooked food inc Meat, Fish, and Citrus) from the Halls. Capacity of the JK125 is suitable for a 2-4 person household or 6kg per week
Green Johanna Our third food composter. This will also take garden waste and can be supplied with a jacket to keep it warm during the winter
The Original Wormery A single chamber wormery with double brass-aeration vents, a rubberised lid seal and integrated drainage system. 100 litre capacity
Wormcity Stacking wormery Includes a reservoir to collect worm wee. The the worms will be in the top composting trays with all the fresh food, whilst the material in the middle tray is ‘breaking down’ and the bottom tray are fully composted.
Tray structure of stacking wormeries allows easy access to the compost. The worm wee is collected from a tap in the raised base and once diluted is used as a plant feed. Worm compost is rich in nutrient and also has a good water holding capacity
The demonstration site has moved to Stokes Wood Allotment Gardens, 2B Stokes Drive, Leicester, LE3 9BS. It was formally openned as part of Compost Awareness Week 2019 and is open to visitors on Wednesday mornings and by appointment.
The new venue is adjacent to the site hall, home of the Stokes Wood Wednesday Breakfast Club which serves breakfast, teas and coffees Wednesday mornings. This allows us to demonstrate the composting of cooked food, kitchen and garden waste from the allotment.
The shows a range of bins for composting garden and kitchen waste. It also includse a range of wormeries and bins for the composting of cooked food. This is the fourth site for the demonstration first establihed in 2009 and will be the first site with sufficient compostable material available to hot compost garden waste in conventional wooden bins, Hot composting will also be undertaken using Hotbins, a Jorraform tumbler and a Green Johanna. It will also include an area devoted to the preparation of liquid fertilizers e.g. comfrey tea, nettle tea and both conventional and aerated compost tea. These are seasonal displays dependent of the growth of our nettles and comfrey.
The Allotment hall can be used for workshops, activities for schools and talks on composting topics for Garden Clubs and Allotment Assoications.
We would welcome donations of different types of compost bins from suppliers and the public. Do you have a bin on your allotment or in your garden of a type we do not have on the site?
The Hall can be hired for events.