Norfolk Master Composters win award

Getting their hands dirty - and encouraging others to do the same - has paid off handsomely for Garden Organic’s Norfolk Master Composters with a national environmental award for their work.

The Green Apple Awards, which honour environmental best practice across the UK, has given its Gold award to Garden Organic and Norfolk County Council Partnership of Master Composters for helping to stop thousands of tonnes of waste from being landfilled. Representatives from the Master Composter scheme were on hand to pick up their Golden Green Apple at an awards ceremony in the Houses of Parliament, London.

Jane Griffiths, Garden Organic’s Volunteer Mentor Networks Manager said: “It’s wonderful for the Norfolk Master Composter scheme to receive a national award for its work. The hard work of David Hawkyard, the Norfolk Master Composter Co-ordinator, the Master Composter Volunteers and others involved in the Master Composter scheme deserves recognition as they do an incredible job in delivering advice and training about home composting.

“They are at the forefront of delivering this important environmental message and it makes us very proud for the scheme to be recognised in this way.”

Congratulating the winners, Norfolk County Council's Cabinet Member for Waste, David Harrison said: "Home composting is a win-win for all of us. Gardeners turn their kitchen waste into a fantastic nutrient-rich product that boosts their horticultural efforts for free. The more people who compost at home the less waste we have to send to landfill. That helps improve our environment and save council taxpayers' money by reducing our waste disposal costs.

"The Master Composters have been instrumental in contributing to this. I am really pleased that they have been given national recognition for their work. They thoroughly deserve it."

The Master Composter scheme trains volunteers to promote the benefits of home composting and give practical advice to fellow residents about composting. Since the scheme began in Norfolk in 2006, 190 Master Composters have been trained and together they have dedicated nearly 6,500 hours of their time to speak to 32,000 people at over 300 events across Norfolk.

The volunteers have also helped to support Norfolk County Council's long-running home composting campaign which has sold more than 89,000 composting bins to Norfolk residents since it started in 2002. Master Composters have given advice and encouragement to home composters and together the campaigns are estimated to have stopped nearly 13,400 tonnes of waste being sent to landfill, saving hundreds of thousands of pounds.

People who are interested in becoming a Master Composter can find out more about the scheme by visiting .Those who would like a composting demonstration or would like to speak to someone from the Norfolk Master Composter scheme should contact or telephone 0344 800 8020.

Thursday, 21 November 2013