Local Food Voluntary Action
Our new Local Food Voluntary Action project has recruited a team of volunteers and begun work, breaking new ground at the Stroud Valleys Project allotment, transforming an unloved part in just a few weeks.
Brambles were sheared back and nettles pulled; their roots were dug out and our new composting demonstration site – affectionately known as ‘The Rot Spot’ – now sits in their place.
This composting area is a partnership project between Down to Earth and Stroud Valleys Project, with the bins being loaned from Gloucestershire County Council.
The Rot Spot shows a range of different approaches to composting in action – hot bins, wormeries, good old fashioned compost bays and green cones; there’s a method to suit every garden. All of them are busy with the magic of turning garden and food waste into fertile organic matter – the essential ingredient for a thriving veg plot. We’ve also built 2 new raised beds from recycled materials and are using the permaculture approach of sheet mulching to clear the grass and weeds inside them.
Our Apple Day community pressing event on Sat 18 Oct outside our eco shop in Threadneedle Street, saw us delighting the people of Stroud with free tasters of freshly pressed juice – doesn’t get tastier than that...