After a successful Crowdfunding campaign, we’re buzzin’ to say our Soil Health Clubs are getting started!

At our garden in Belper, we’ve had a lot of plants to care for over the last few years. We’ve always been peat free and don’t use harmful chemicals. We try hard not to import resources. This means producing fertility for plants the most natural ways possible.

The aim of Soil Health Clubs is to help people learn about how we care for garden soil by doing it.

Joining a Soil Health Club will help if:

  • You don’t want to put food scraps in the landfill bin.
  • You’ve tried composting but found stumbling blocks.
  • You want to feed your soil and plants without spending loads on buying in compost.
  • You want to grow even more healthy vegetables without taking up more space.
  • You want to care for the soil but you don’t want to do it on your own – there’s lots to do!

How it works

In April we have 4 Saturday sessions beginning on the 1st April at 10-12. The other sessions will be on the 8th, 22nd and 29th April. We also have 3 sessions left on Mondays 11-1pm – email us to check the dates.

Each week we will cover one topic, where you will not only learn the theory of different methods of composting but do it yourself.

Topics included may be; cold and hot composting, vermicomposting, bokashi, making plant food from nettle and comfrey, how to infuse biochar and more.

As a group you will undertake some citizen science – run trials of the different methods and share the learning widely online for other community-minded gardeners to learn from and perhaps try for themselves.

Book your place

The cost of the five sessions is £30, payable up front.

Please contact us to book your place, simply email

About our garden

We rent our garden at Belper Lane End, it’s near The Bulls Head pub DE56 2DL. We’ve been there since Febrary 2021, taking on the second half of the plot autumn 2022.

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Map of Belper Lane End patch


There are 2 large steps or a stile into the garden.

There are uneven and wet surfaces in the garden.

Children aged 0-1 are welcome to accompany their parent/guardian, please let us know.

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.

We have a compost toilet and provide hand sanitiser. We can boil water using a kelly kettle powered by kindling.

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