There is no waste!

We use all our green waste on site - none has left the garden in over nine years.  It would be crazy to throw away all the nutrients that are in the leaves and prunings when it is core to the garden's growing success.

Most green material is composted in our three large bins.  We make between 6 to 9 cubic metres of compost a year and this is spread around the garden to feed the soil.  We do not use artificial fertilisers and the compost provides all the feed our plants need.

Woody waste, branches and prunings are either shredded and added to the compost or are used to create habitat boosters in the garden.  Bundles of twigs are tucked into shrubs and climbers to make nesting sites for wrens and to be slowly eaten by the myriad of invertebrates that live here.

Autumn leaves are processed either in leafbins (leaves generally need to be processed seperately from the compost bin as they take a long time to rot down) or as habitat boosters.  We made some 'leaf-chickens', made from chicken wire  and stuffed full of plane tree leaves to make a hibernation site for ladybirds - a great success, ladybirds started crawling in as we stuffed them!  Lots of autumn leaves are added to some of the beds, where they can't suffocate dainty things, they will all be gone by spring as the worms, slugs and snails munch their way through them over winter.

We un-earth an incredible amount of rubble working in the garden - a single planting hole can often turn up a bucket full of broken bricks.  We use most of this onsite - we have built a drystone wall habitat from concrete rubble in the wildlife reserve area, we use broken bricks to fill gabion bench bases and we tuck rubble under the skirts of shrubs to make micro-habitats.

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