AN APPEAL is being made to gardeners in and around Ashbourne to turn what is predicted to be a bumper fall of dead leaves into compost this autumn.
Derbyshire County Council is urging people to make use of dead leaves, plants and flowers by placing them in a compost bin.
This, experts say, will mean that during the winter months the waste will rot down and help to provide free compost for the following gardening year.
Keen composter Ruth Frudd said: “I would encourage everyone to try composting.
“It’s good for the environment, really easy and saves you money as you don’t have to buy it.
“Compost is great for mulching near flowers and shrubs on flower beds, improving your soil, and growing your vegetables.”
In addition to your garden waste fruit and vegetable peelings from the kitchen, tea bags, coffee grinds, shredded documents and cardboard can also be used to make compost.
Scrunched up cardboard egg boxes and toilet rolls will create air pockets and vacuum cleaner dust can also be composted.
Derbyshire County Council offers compost bins on a discounted rate as part of a scheme run throughout the year with the cheapest bin costing £16.98 plus £5.49 delivery.
Compost bins and accessories can be ordered by visiting a website set up to offer advice and tips at www.getcomposting.com or alternatively call the service on 0844 571 4444.