FREE compost workshops

Would you like to start composting but don’t know how? Norfolk County Council is offering free sessions for beginners to show you how easy it is to start and be successful.

Once you’ve attended a workshop we will send you a FREE 220 litre compost bin to help you get started.*compost workshops norfolk

The 2 hour workshops will be delivered by our Master Composter volunteers and will take place at the following venues:

16 May  6-8pm | Council Chamber, Broadland District Council, Thorpe Lodge, 1 Yarmouth Rd Norwich NR7 0DU

24 May 6-8pm  | Tasburgh Village Hall, Grove Lane, Tasburgh, Norwich NR15 1LR

31 May 10am-12pm |  Pilling Park Community Centre, 23 Pilling Park Road, Norwich NR1 4PA

1 June 2-4pm | Supper Room, Town Hall, Hall Plain, Great Yarmouth NR30 2QF

14 June 10am-12pm | Committee suite, North Norfolk District Council, Holt Rd, Cromer NR27 9EN

20 June 1-3pm | Gaywood Library, River Lane, King’s Lynn PE30 4HD

20 June 6-8pm | Church Rooms, All Saints Church, The Green, Old Buckenham NR17 1RP

If you would like to come along to one of the workshops, learn more about composting and meet our Master Composter volunteers please email or phone 0344 800 8020.

*Attendance at the workshops and eligibility for a free compost bin are available for Norfolk residents only.  Further T&Cs apply.

Get a compost bin

Norfolk residents can buy a reduced priced compost bin at getcomposting.comhome compost

Many people choose to make their own compost bins out of pallets, wire or other materials. Or why not look for a second hand bin online.

What can I compost?

Any green garden waste (“greens”) can be composted, together with drier things (“browns”) from your garden like leaves and small twigs. The smaller you chop items, the quicker you will make compost.

Tea bags, crushed egg shells, scrunched up newspaper, fruit and vegetable peelings can also be composted. Avoid adding cooked food waste as it may attract vermin.

Full details on what the types of waste you can compost can be found here

How do I mix the ingredients for the compost bin?

Add 50% greens and 50% browns to your bins to make the best compost. A
Compost wormbalance of green and brown materials is needed for good compost.

Greens are soft, sappy materials with high water content and nitrogen content such as grass, leaves and flowers. Browns are dry fibrous materials such as twigs, paper, card and straw. You don’t have to mix the ingredients as you go, but it may help speed up the process if you do. All the bugs and beasties will do the mixing for you, including our favourite compost creature – the humble worm.

Why is my compost wet or smelly?

This is caused by an excess of wet materials, such as grass cuttings and green vegetables – this causes a wet mat to form which eliminates air and encourages anaerobic decomposition which smells. Mix in more dry material such as scrunched up paper, straw, leaves, twigs or torn up cardboard (egg boxes are good) which will add air and soak up some of the excess moisture.

My compost bin has lots of little flies, how can I get rid of them?

These flies are fruit flies and help the compost process. To reduce their numbers, bury any fruit and vegetable scraps under some garden material or wrap them in newspaper.  You can also lay a piece of newspaper or cardboard over the top of the contents and place fruit underneath it when adding to the bin.

Why is my compost too dry?

Add some greener material such as fruit and vegetable scraps or grass cuttings. Dry compost does not break down well. Try to keep a 50:50 mix of greens and browns. A small amount of water can be added if needed. Ants in the bin are a sign it may be too dry.

What does compost look like?

Home compost will look ‘rougher’ than shop bought compost. You can sieve it before use if you wish and return the ‘bits’ back to the bin, but it isn’t necessary as it works just as well once it’s in the ground, by providing nutrients and structure.

Do I need to add a compost activator?

If there is a good mix of materials, you shouldn’t need an activator. Young nettle tops, grass cuttings and comfrey are all naturall activators – just make sure they are mixed in well.

Further information

Garden Organic – lots of information on organic gardening and composting, including an app for your smart phone  – easy steps to help with your home composting