Rescheduled to Saturday 4 March, 10am-3pm, Belper Lane End

Compost is beautiful. Learn all about it and the varying ways to make it on this course in Earthed Up!’s garden.

You will:

  • Spend the day in the garden
  • Get your hands dirty
  • Discover the difference between cold and hot composting, vermicomposting and bokashi
  • Learn the core concepts of compostable materials
  • Take a deeper dive into vermicomposting (earthworms)
  • Learn a straightforward way to make natural plant food
  • Share lunch – please bring food to share. We’ll provide a hot soup.

By the ened of the course we are quite confident you will be able to set up a composting system of your own at home. You will be able to answer: What are the benefits of worm composting? Why does my compost bin stink? Can I compost tea bags? Can I produce enough compost that I don’t need to buy any?

About the educator

Ryan Sandford-Blackburn will lead this course. Ryan is an experienced composter and educator. He has set up tens of composting systems in different gardens and produced several tons of his own compost. All food scraps (and lots else) at home gets composted. Ryan is a founding member of Earthed Up!


Please note, the garden is not accessible to most wheelchairs; access is up 2 large steps or over a high stile in the wall. There are uneven and wet surfaces in the garden. Children aged 0-1 are welcome to accompany their parent/guardian.

It’s February and we will be outside. Please bring lots of layers and wear appropriate clothing for the weather. There is limited undercover space – we will do as much as we can to provide shelter should it be wet/hot.

If cost is a barrier to participation in this course, please email us to ask about the possibility of a bursary place.

Book your place – simply email us

£40 per person.

Cancellations and refunds

We reserve the right to cancel the course for any reason and will let all those who have booked with as much notice as is possible in such an event. If you book and need to cancel your place, we will refund your fee within 14 days of receiving written notice, minus a £10 admin charge. If you cancel your booking within 2 days of the course starting or do not show up for the course, we will not provide a refund. By booking, you agree to these terms.