Love where you live
Nene Washes
Written by Volunteers Olga Cherrington & Emma Chapman

The first hint of spring in the air is an exciting time for gardeners and growers among us. It’s an urge to grow, nurture, help pollinators, create beauty – to be part of a solution. I love when shops fill with gardening products. But buyers beware, we don't want to be part of the problem. I'm talking about peat. 
The UK’s beautiful peatlands, that are often called “British rainforests”. The peatlands are a unique habitat and soil type and stores twice as much carbon as woodland!

Peat is fantastic at growing plants in, it is one of the reasons Fenland is the UK's bread basket. But worldwide fenlands are being destroyed by extracting peat to be bagged in plastic thats difficult to recycle and sold for gardening.
As a result the government will be banning the sales of peat and products containing peat by 2024.

So what will we do without peat? Here is some help:
Garden waste soil improver 

Brown bin (garden) waste which is composted down and heat treated to kill seeds can be collected from recycling centres. £3 pre bagged or bring your own bag/trailer and get what you need.

Bulk collections available at March Waste Transfer Station, Melbourne Avenue, Hundred Road, March, PE15 0EN - open Monday to Friday from 7am to 4.30pm and weekends from 7am to 2.30pm.

Bottle Wormeries 
Can be great for composting your food waste and reusing a bottle too. 

Do what you can - be mindful 

Sometimes, you have to buy products -  like compost -  make a change now look for peat free compost, can you go organic or sustainably sourced? 

Remember to take back items that you need to get rid of. 

Plant pots, compost sacks, gravel bags and even sand bags can be recycled at more and more good garden centres and DIY stores now.
What can you compost
Make your own

1.      Find a suitable composter. From a DIY box made from pallets (Youtube is full of tutorials) to fancy garden centre offerings – they all work.  It will help if the composter is bottomless and stands on soil as it will make it easier for soil life to move in and boost the process for you.

2.      For effective composting, you need a mix of “green” and “brown” materials. “Greens” are high in nitrogen and include fresh grass clippings, most kitchen scraps and manure (it’s not about the actual colour!). “Browns” are lower in nitrogen but rich in carbon (wood shavings, cardboard, non-glossy paper, straw etc.). I wouldn’t sweat the exact ratio as it can be hard to achieve. If it heats up, it’s working!

3.      If you have some herbivorous pets or chicken, their used bedding is a great boost for homemade compost. My two guinea pigs have made me and my garden completely self-sufficient.

4.      If there is a lid on your composter, water the contents every now and then. They need to be damp but not soggy. This will help keep rats out too they hate the wet! 

5.      Turn the compost from time to time to aerate. 

6.      Watch the magic: as you mix and water your compost materials, they will become hot, steaming when you open the lid even on a winter morning. The result might not look as perfect as shop-bought peat, but it’s full of life and goodness, it has cut the amount of waste your household produces and helped the environment.
Over to you!
We have loved reading your comments and seeing photos of your recycling efforts. Please keep sending them in! 
Picture of Lady made using sweet wrappers
Quality Upcycling!

"My Dad made this using quality street sweetie wrappers" - Sweet! 

Recycled Pie!

Using the left over veggies from the roast dinner to make a delicious pie to feed the whole family. 
😋 #Yum 
Recycled Pie
Fenland Foragers 

We learnt about recycling at our Forest School group thank you to Claire Simms who kindly came and did a demo for us!
Fenland saves 300kg CO2 emissions!

A switch to e-billing for council tax will not only reduce waste but also save tax payers £22,500 and saving 300kg of Carbon emissions too! To receive your next bill electronically you will need to register via the Anglia Revenues Partnership website by February 18th.

For more info click here 
Reduce Reuse Recycle Repeat

Feel inspired to make a change? Why not start by becoming a Getting It Sorted Volunteer? You can learn about events going on in your area, facts about recycling and ways in which you can help tackle the war on waste. To sign up and for more information visit

And remember, every action however big or small makes a difference!