Will You Join With Me in A Compost Day?

Councillor Phil Bateman MBE said I was recently informed that “that there are more living organisms in a tablespoon of soil than people on Earth? Soil is a world made up of organisms, minerals, and organic components that provides food for humans and animals through plant growth.”

It makes you look at soil in a completely different way, when you are informed about its importance to life here on Earth. Soil degradation induces some soils to be nutrient depleted losing their capacity to support crops, while others have such a high nutrient concentration that represent a toxic environment to plants and animals, pollutes the environment and cause climate change.

World Soil Day 2022 is coming (#WorldSoilDay) and its campaign “Soils: Where food begins” aims to raise awareness of the importance of maintaining healthy ecosystems and human well-being by addressing the growing challenges in soil management, increasing soil awareness and encouraging societies to improve soil health.

Now I want to help in getting this issue across, and so I am asking you to tell me if you run a compost site for your garden or your business. I have a tiny garden, yet I have three different compost heaps that I keep to help enrich my soil here in my own garden. All the kitchen green waste gets placed in the compost bins. All the old flower heads and the grass cuttings. This time of the year it is the leaves that are filling my compost.

What I would like Wednesfield to do is to tell me if you compost your garden waste and your kitchen waste. I would like to compile a rough number of homes that do this here in Wednesfield. We can then contact the United Nations on World Soil Day on the 5th December and tell them that here in our Village not only do we do much for the environment with our Wednesfield in Bloom volunteers. But we are also doing our bit to keep the soil in tip top condition. and continue to create a “ world made up of organisms, minerals, and organic components, that provides food for humans and animals through plant growth.”  

Tell me and show me photos of the compost bins or the gardens or allotments that benefit from your efforts at composting!

Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more