• Sieved compost available again

    Sieved and bagged compost is available again. We ran out of this popular soil conditioner a month ago. After a grand sieving session last week with our fantastic volunteers we now have a store of good compost available. Open Saturdays 10-1pm for you to collect. Donation £3 per bag or 4 bags for £10.

    And – if you have the time to volunteer to help sieve – we can keep the supply going (flapjack and drinks plus a free bag of compost available for all volunteers)



    See the start of our HOME COMPOSTING demonstration area

    Stroud Woodcraft Folk have made worm composters from recycled empty paint buckets donated by Auro (natural) Paints from the Green Shop Bisley (THANK YOU!)

    Gloucestershire University internship research study on our compost quality and assessing the value of the sequestration of carbon of our compost gets underway

    And – over this summer we will be making a film about our work and the huge value of compost to our Earth

    If you would like a workshop session during this special week let us know via our info@ contact

  • Membership Renewals 2019

    Our Membership secretary has been in contact to request membership renewals.
    We have increased the membership fee to £30 as from this financial year. The fee is payable whenever you join or re-join throughout the year.
    We would like to thank those members who loyally sort their green materials into the well labelled bays……BUT please could ALL members sort their green materials.
    BCCS is a community run, voluntary scheme, and we rely on your consideration to help us and all our volunteers.


    Take care of those worms – see
    And here is an earthworm guide :


    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.