The Rotten Resource Center/
Suez environment / SITA Compost
Organo County Compost is produced from composted garden waste collected from the gardens of Leicestershire. Garden or green waste such as hedge clippings, tree loppings and grass cuttings are delivered to the Recycling and Household Waste Sites and placed in special containers. These containers are taken to one of the County Council’s two Composting Facilities at Kibworth and Lount. Lount is the largest facility with a capacity for 25,000 tonnes of green waste.
Locals who lived down wind complained of "stench", thus the center had to invent a Portable odor system that emits artificial cherry odor to mask the "stench" of the rotting waste.
Biobags take two or more months to break down. Regular plastic bags never break down. Compost is sculpted into "wind rows"–big tent shape mountains with small valleys between them which allows the wind to cool them. The top two inches of the mound create a seal like a thatched roof which makes them weather proof –when it rains the water just roll off. Farmers used to be paid to take away the compost, now they pay to take it. Site history:The Center was previously a landfill and before that open cast coal. The landfill below produces gas, but they have vents to take gas off landfill and put back into the national grid. *interesting to think of the former coal mounds now compost mounds– currency
Community Harvest Whetstone
A sustainable vegetable cooperative in Leicestershire. They employ a professional grower to grow fresh and healthy vegetables for people around the area. Members of the co-operative are the crop sharers. They collect their weekly box from the farm and get practically involved with weeding, administration, etc.
One section of the land is dedicated to a Transition Town community.
* Transition Towns, farming, policy
Eco House Organic Garden
The EcoHouse Organic Garden has green solutions for gardens and yards of all sizes, a wetland area, butterfly garden and bee hives. The EcoHouse Organic Garden was designed with permaculture principles and they work with a specialist organic gardener, Rob Carter, who uses companion planting, green manures and crop rotation.
Comfrey compress made with two bottles makes potassium for plant food.
Carpenter's Arms provides food parcels for the homeless and economically challenged. They have an allotment where residents will help staff and volunteers produce fresh fruit and vegetables for both the Carpenter’s Arms and their Food Parcel project.
Charwood Borough Council at Circle of Life garden
Tolu Omideyi, CBC Sustainability officer of Shelthorpe community garden met with us to discuss the many projects they are working on. They are working with De Montfort University to take Shelthorpe as a case study in looking to reduce carbon impact.
Voluntary Action Charnwood Gardening Project
The Gardening Project offers social and therapeutic horticulture and training to a wide range of people for five days a week, 50 weeks of the year. Over 40 people, from all walks of life, attend the project each week. One of our aims is to break down social barriers by encouraging able volunteers to work alongside those with learning or physical disabilities, mental health problems or asylum seekers. Thereby encouraging recognition that everyone has something to offer and deserves to be a valued member of the community.