• Biocyclic Vegan Standard Compost produced by Greek Farmers

    See interesting article on the production of impact of bicyclic compost produced from olive branches and olive residues to create very high quality compost for soil fertility

  • Please Close the Gate

    Please will all members close the pedestrian gate after they have used the site.
    We rely on you, as members, to help us prevent abuse of our site.
    So please close the gate after use.
    The site is always open on a Saturday 10am -1pm if you wish to bring your green materials in a car.


    These results are based on 102 returned questionnaires. This is a response rate of 68%. Twenty three members who did not respond initially (sampled from the pool of non-responders) received an email reminder and seven (30%) of these responded. These seven are included in the total of 102. There was no evidence to indicate that the late responders were any different from those who responded at the first time of asking. As the number of members without an email address who had not responded was small, no attempt was made to remind them.
    Home composting
    Two thirds of the responders said that they composted green waste at home.
    Use of Stroud DC green bin
    Only 13% of the responders use the SDC green bin system. Those composting green waste at home were a little less likely to use the SDC bin although the difference is small.
    Drive to site
    Most members (84% of responders) drive to the site. The question about how far members drive was not always answered, and sometimes as one way and sometimes as a round trip. Consequently, distances for a sample of 60 responders were obtained via Google maps. The mean distance driven (round trip) was just less than four miles for those who drive (3.3 miles if the non-drivers are included).
    Frequency of visits
    The answers to this question were not easy to interpret as they often depended on season. The best estimate is that, over the year, members use the scheme once a month on average.
    Further discussion
    49 members indicated that they would be prepared to discuss green waste further if asked.

    12 September 2018

  • Testimony to our Unsieved Soil Conditioner/Compost"

    Our unsaved compost – soil conditioner – to give its its correct name – received the following accolade from Stroud permaculture gardener Peter Richardson : – “This year I used your unsieved compost instead of horse manure on the potato bed at my allotment, and my potato crop is the best I’ve ever had”.

    Our unsieved soil conditioner is still ‘twiggy’ and has some weeds in it, but is great for over wintering mulching and many growers use it as the base for raised beds. It is free (although we always welcome donations or perhaps a volunteer hour or two from time to time) so long as you bring and fill your own bags. We are always open Saturdays 10-1 so you don’t need to call.

    Our sieved and bagged soil conditioner / compost, is approx 30 litres and we ask for a donation of £3 a bag or !0 for 4 bags. And please re-use the bags (they are plastic) for your next visit.

  • Home Composting Guidance

    Garden Organic and Gloucestershire County Council work together on the Master Composter scheme. This is a UK wide scheme that encourages us all to compost at home and gives advice to schools, groups and households about home composting.

    Two BCCS Directors are Master Composters and can help with your home composting. Composting your garden waste AT HOME is the most sustainable way of using your green resources and benefits your soil.
    Contact us for help and advice and a free “compost surgery” via our info@ email address.

    BCCS is setting up a Composting Demonstration area on site that will help Home Composters.
    In the meantime drop into BCCS on a Saturday morning and any one of us can give you immediate advice on your compost and composting methods.

  • Please do not deposit false teeth, rootballs, large trunks of trees or wood with nails on our site

    We cannot accept rootballs, tree trunks entwined with netting or nails, plastic Christmas wreaths (yes!!), wood with nails into our site. And, if someone has lost their false teeth we have them here!!!

    Please respect our volunteer helpers whose safety is threatened by nails etc, we are a community scheme, not a tip. Please check, if you have a gardener, that they do NOT to bring these objects to our site. We cannot shred nor compost them.

    Why not build a wildlife area in your garden with these things?

  • Visit from Market Harborough "Hot Composter's" and Hereford Allotment Society

    Liz Howlett describes BCCS to our visitors

    21st July we welcomed The Hereford Allotment Society (a grouping of all the allotments in Hereford who are organising themselves into a self managed trust) and the “Hot Composter’s” from Market Harborough. Master Composter David Robbins supported the St.Stephens Allotments in Market Harborough to undertake a succesful hot composting experiment (see ). It was a great day with much shared information , discussion and a picnic in our Community Orchard.


    In INTERNATIONAL COMPOST WEEK We gave one off individual local households compost advice sessions (email our info@ address if you want half an hour’s compost talk), did workshops at Thomas Keble school and Isbourne School near Winchcombe to help them make good compost for their school gardens, joined Gloucestershire Organic Gardening Group at the Malvern Spring Show with our compost, banner and advice, and finally installed a Comfrey CONCENTRATE Column that produces exceptional FREE fertiliser on site!

  • Our Lovely Lively Compost

    Sue Bradley, Bisley Allotment Holder and gardening blogger/writer, praises our unsieved compost
    “the Bisley community compost is full of worms, which makes my plot a popular spot for robins. It makes a great mulch, which helps supress weeds and retain moisture in the soil”

    Our unsaved compost is Free – but you have to collect it yourself – when we are open every Saturday morning 10-1pm.

    Our sieved and bagged compost is available for a donation of £3 a bag or £10 for 4 bags

  • Seeing off our sieved compost to Vale Community Hospital "Growing on Prescription" allotment scheme

    Mid-March: BCCS Director Ian Plewis sees bags of sieved compost away to add goodness and value to the Vale Community Hospital Allotment Project. Funded by the local surgery, with support from Dursley Town Council, patients with appropriate conditons are ‘prescribed’ an allotment by their doctor. The allotments and hospital grounds are beautifully managed by Stroud “Down to Earth”. BCCS has been involved in the project from the beginning and continues to supply its fantastic compost that you, our brilliant volunteers, have helped to sieve and bag.

  • Please do Not Disturb Nesting Birds

    We found this beautiful nest in a load of hedge clippings April of last year.
    It is an offence under Section 1 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act of 1981 to intentionally take, damage or destroy the nest of any wild bird while it is in use or being built.

    Farmers do not flail hedgerows after the end of February. We strongly urge home owners not to cut hedges either – the more of a hedge you leave, then the better it is for birds, and, perhaps even more importantly, insects.


    Congratulations to George Gibbs seen here helping prune and train our

    A very happy New Year to all our members, and friends.
    We are pleased that George Gibbs has now completed six months of work with us on site. Every Saturday for an hour each week George has filled bags of compost, trundled wheelbarrows of compost to various allotment plots, helped sieve compost, sort green materials,but he has also learned about ‘Life in the Soil’ and the valuable Composting Process. This work has helped him qualify for his Silver Prince of Edinburgh Award.

    We welcome all young people to work and learn on our community composting scheme.

  • BCCS participates in this years amazing 2017 STROUD NATURE FESTIVAL

    This year’s STROUD NATURE FESTIVAL is better than ever. From practical workshops (do you want to learn how to scythe?) to butterfly walks and orchid talks, the range of activities and events is brilliant.
    BCCS is hosting 2 free workshops on “Nature’s Gardeners” , celebrating and how to make good lively peat free compost, worms and wormeries on 28th and 29th July 11am-12noon, on site. Children are welcome – we have compost games and challenges for younger people. Wear stout shoes. No bookings necessary.

    For the full Stroud Nature Festival brochure download from

  • BCCS advises Leominster Town: Councillors and Allotment Holders

    Liz Howlett and Steve Trinder discuss Community Compost systems with Leominster visitors

    15 visitors, Town Councillors and Allotment Holders, from Leominster in Hereford, came to BCCS on 8th October to find out about the practicalities of Community Composting. The background, permissions, site management, our development over the decade to a more mechanised system, finances and fundraising, the production of a living, peat-free medium for gardeners, home composting and the Master Composters Scheme, and the wildlife on site, were keenly scrutinised by our visitors. We look forward to hearing how they get on in the future.

  • BCCS participates in the STROUD VALLEYS SHOWCASE 1-2 OCTOBER

    Bisley Community Composting Scheme nears the top of the hierarchy for reducing waste and is a model for a circular economy. We will be presenting and participating in the forthcoming Stroud Valleys showcase, celebrating Sustainable Stroud.

  • BCCS advises Blockley Allotments

    BCCS committee member Lesley Greene was invited by Garden Organic to Blockley’s Allotment Association to talk about setting up a Community Composting Scheme on 16 July. Kate Newman from Garden Organic led a session on home composting to a well attended group of enthusiasts.

  • APPG uncovers more dirt on UK soils : Report Published

    The APPG on Agroecology for Sustainable Food and Farming conducted an inquiry into the health of UK soils, with a particular emphasis on agriculture. The reports published this week highlights serious concerns .

    The four short reports with brief policy recommendations are available on the website:

  • Thomas Keble School Workshop

    Discussing the wonderful Soil 'Tower'

    Seven TK students enjoyed a composting workshop, making seed compost and discussing life in the soil.We were supported by Kate Coles (Gloucestershire County Council Waste Minimisation Officer), Alex Heelis (Garden Organic), Vic Rolfe (a ‘Master Composter’ from Gloucester City) and Leonie Butler (Editor ‘Resource’ Magazine)

  • Visit by Worcestershire and Herefordshire Master Composters

    “..a most informative and, as always, fun visit..” (Dr.Stephen Ackers, Senior Waste Prevention Officer, Worcestershire County Council) Accompanied by Waste Minimization and Prevention officers from their respective County Councils, and also from Gloucestershire County Council, 11 Master Composters from Herefordshire and Worcestershire visited BCCS on 24 November 2014 on a fact finding mission. With ten years of practical experience BCCS is now recognised as a valuable source of information on and knowledge about community composting by many local authorities and composting groups.