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Make a home for wildlife
A compost heap is important in any garden. You can use it to recycle all your kitchen and garden waste into rich, organic compost that’s great for the soil and plants.
Compost can be used to improve the soil structure and drainage, as a mulch to cut down on water loss, and as a fertiliser to improve the soil’s fertility. Making compost is cheap and easy. You can build your own container to hold the organic matter while it decays, or buy a wooden or plastic bin.
Inside the compost, worms and fungi feed on the rotting vegetable matter. Insect predators feed on the slugs, insects and other invertebrates that are attracted to the heap. Birds visit to seek out insects and seeds. Some animals, such as common newts, shelter there during the day.
RSPB composters are available from our mail order catalogue.
Up to 60% of household waste is organic and can be recycled. Composting is good for the garden and reduces the amount of rubbish that goes to landfill.
Put your kitchen scraps in an enamelled compost bin before taking them outside.
Get composting now!