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.


    Annual membership renewal fees are due very soon. The fee remains the same at £25.00 p.a. This is charged irrespective of when you join during the year.
    Reminders will go out in April to be paid by 1st May, when the code for the gate will change.
    The reminder includes a very short questionnaire. We would very much appreciate it if all members – old and new – completed and returned it to us. It is extremely simple and will take you about 3 seconds. It is for a research study we are doing in collaboration with a university to assess our impact on greenhouse gases.

  • 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.

  • World Soils Day Tuesday 5 December

    Care for your soil – today is World Soils Day – we need to add compost, mulch and leaf mould to improve our soils. Use BCCS unsieved mulch to protect the quality of your soil.
    See Soil Association information for improving our soils- whether we are a gardener, allotment holder, farmer, environmentalist, or simply have an interest in the quality of the fruit and vegetables we eat that can only come from a healthy soil


    PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE ROOTS of any kind on site. This huge root was on our site this week.
    NO THANK YOU. PLEASE tell your gardener not to leave roots either. We CANNOT dispose of them , they would smash up our shredder, it is unfair to us.

    Please leave all your roots to rot down in your hedge to help hedgehogs, insects and beetles.These creatures need as much help as they can get.

    We also IMPLORE you not to leave plastic pots on our site. We are not a plastic refuse tip. The Council recycling bag takes plastic – please put them in YOUR recycling bag if you are trying to give up plastic.

    Thank you.


    Leaf Tea - RHS Harlow Carr

    If you cannot compost your autumn leaves in your own garden – (& it is easy to do) – then members can bring leaves to the site to be composted.

    However PLEASE separate your leaves from other green materials, and only put your leaves in our clearly marked leaf bins.
    Thank You.

    It is always preferable to compost in your own garden. Leaves are easily composted either in a wire container, dark plastic bag, or you can even buy a compostable leaf holder from a local supermarket see
    Leaves take about 12-18 months to compost down into beautiful leaf mould – see our previous postings, we LOVE leaf mould!!

  • LOVELY LOVELY LEAF MOULD- now all gone!

    NOTE All our 12 month old LEAF MOULD has now been taken.
    Spreading leaf mould on your autumn soils is one of life’s simplest pleasures. Leaf mould conditions and protects the soil and can be used as one third of an excellent homemade seed compost.

  • 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 supports "Growing on Prescription"

    BCCS is pleased to be working with the new Vale Community Hospital in Dursley, helping set 40 new allotment plots. The plots are for patients from local GP surgeries who will prescribe gardening to help certain conditions .

    “Growing for Health” is now nationally recognised; a conference in 2015 “Prescribing Gardening: Making Greencare a part of the National Health Service” presented powerful health and social arguments for community growing. Patients with conditions including heart disease, stroke, depression, musculoskeletal conditions will be amongst those referred. Gloucestershire NHS Care Trust has agreed the allocation of the land.

    BCCS is supplying sieved compost to get the plot holders off to a flying start and is represented on the Steering Group for the project.

    A local GP initiated the project, working with the local clinical commissioning group. The Hospital League of Friends helps with the grants raised to fund the project. Selsley gardening group “Down to Earth“is organising the plots and supporting the gardeners.

  • BCCS Display at the Whiteway Fete Sunday 4 September 2-4

    BCCS and the Master Composters will have three display tables at the Whiteway Fete on Sunday September 4th from 2-4pm. Come and see how to make your own compost and discover the life in the soil.

  • 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)

  • Our tenth anniversary continues at the Bisley Fete

    Visitors discuss our

    As part of our tenth anniversary celebrations, BCCS had a stall at the summer fete. We attracted a good deal of interest in our activities – peat-free compost, green manures, etc. – and in our tomato tasting experiment. We had two types of tomatoes; vine grown tomatoes from the Netherlands which we bought from a supermarket, and tomatoes grown by Liz Howlett in her allotment polytunnel using only our own compost. Forty eight people took part in the blind tasting – neither they nor those of us running the experiment knew which tomato was which – and 45 of the 48 participants said they preferred the compost-grown tomatoes. A triumph for Bisley’s peat free home grown compost! Thanks to all those who made the experiment possible.
    We have also had some mugs made with our logo on them and these are available at £4 each.

  • 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.

  • Visit by Thomas Keble School

    Gillian Traverse leads the landfill time-line challenge game

    In November Years 10 and 11 of Thomas Keble School Horticultural Group visited BCCS to learn about composting and recycling. Year 11’s benefitted from Amy Hughes’ yoga ‘stretching for gardening’ exercises to begin and end their workshop session, and Gillian Traverse, Gloucestershire County Council’s “Outdoor Learning Solutions” officer, contributed some excellent recycling challenge games for the Year 10’s. These two groups are now the “Young Rotters” and, enabled by BCCS, have a grant from Stroud Youth Active, to create their own school composting site