The Norfolk Master Composters programme aims to raise awareness of the benefits of composting, through a network of volunteer advisors. The programme operates as a partnership between Garden Organic and Norfolk County Council.
Since 2006, 284 trained volunteers have spent over 10,000 hours promoting home composting in the county.
Would you like to start composting at home but don’t know how?
In association with Garden Organic, we are offering free workshops across Norfolk between May and September 2023 to show you how easy it is to start composting at home.
The two-hour workshops run by our Master Composters will cover the basics of home composting, how to get the best out of your composting and what to do if you have problems. There will also be time for questions.
Everyone who attends a workshop will get a voucher and can buy a black 220L compost bin for £9, delivered to a Norfolk address.
Master Composters are volunteers who encourage people in their local community to start composting at home, and offer support to people who are already home composting and may be having difficulties or need encouragement.
There are Master Composters of every age group and they come from a wide variety of backgrounds. This contributes to the effectiveness of the scheme – Master Composters can reach parts of communities that other compost promoting activities cannot.
Master Composters promote composting in a variety of ways. This could include giving a demonstration to a next–door neighbour or friend, giving a presentation at a local school, giving a talk to a local community group, writing articles for the local paper, parish magazine or newsletter, attending an event with a display or helping establish a community/village composting scheme.
Anyone over the age of 18 can become a Master Composter; you don’t need to be a composter already or have any volunteer or community group experience.
As a volunteer you will receive free training in home composting and related environmental issues provided by Garden Organic (formerly HDRA). The next training course will be held on Saturday 20 May 2023 in Norfolk. Travel expenses to and from the training will be reimbursed and lift sharing will be arranged where possible.
All trainees get a Master Composter resource pack and a visit to a composting site as part of the course. Once the training has been completed, you will be expected to spend 30 hours over the following year promoting home composting as a volunteer (ie not as part of a paid position).
Becoming a Master Composter is a great way to meet new people, learn valuable skills, and benefit from being part of a team that makes a difference.