Gardeners Snap up Free Compost and Wildflower Seeds

Dacorum compost giveaway event

Ten tonnes of peat-free compost was shared between more than 250 households as Dacorum Borough Council marked International Compost Awareness Week.

The Council invited residents to collect free bags of compost from Cupid Green Depot on Saturday 18 May and on the day more than 500 bags were given away to keen gardeners.

The compost, produced from recycled home garden waste, was kindly provided by Envar.

More than 300 packets of bee-friendly wildflower seeds were also given out through the Dacorum Climate Action Network to support our local pollinators and brighten up the borough’s gardens and allotments. Further information about the Dacorum Climate Action Network is available on their website:

Cllr Bromham, the Council’s Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhood Operations, said: ‘It’s brilliant to see how popular this event is amongst Dacorum residents, as this is a perfect example of how we can support a circular economy. The fact that this compost came from residents’ recycled garden waste means that the compost is peat-free. This is important as the production of peat is bad for the environment, destroying valuable eco-systems and releasing carbon into the atmosphere – which contributes to climate change.’

Another great way to recycle your garden waste at home is by cutting it up and composting it. A compost bin can also be used to recycle some of your food waste, including tea bags and fruit and vegetable peelings. For more information about home composting, please visit

If you collected some compost and seeds at the giveaway, the Council are keen to receive photos of what you’ve grown using your compost, and your wildflower patches. Please email your photos to

If you wish to recycle garden waste using a green-lidded bin, residents can sign up to the Garden Waste Subscription Service at an annual cost of £50 per bin. To subscribe, visit: