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Monday 18 December 2017

Mastering composting

JOINT WEXFORD CO. COUNCIL AND EPA INITIATIVE

COLM LAMBERT

Cllr Kathleen Codd Nolan, Cathaoirleach, Wexford County Council, cuts the tape.
Cllr Kathleen Codd Nolan, Cathaoirleach, Wexford County Council, cuts the tape.

GETTING involved in local politics can lead to people cutting the tape or unveiling plaques to mark all sorts of openings - but it's doubtful whether any of them ever before performed the task recently undertaken by County Council Cathaoirleach Kathleen Codd Nolan, who cut a red ribbon that was strung between two composting bins!

The occasion was the culmination of County Wexford's first ever course in 'Master Composting', which was run over weeks and which was hosted by the magnificent new Castlebridge Community Garden, located in the grounds of historic Castlebridge House.

' That must have been a new one!' remarked Mary Hamilton of the Castlebridge Community Garden organisation, as she told how the course was a great success, with more than 30 people from right across the county now having qualified as Master Composters having successfully completed the course given by composting expert Craig Benton.

A joint initiative by Wexford County Council and the EPA, the course was also linked to the 'Stop Food Waste' campaign, as people are encouraged to make better use of their organic waste than just throwing it in their ordinary bin.

Mary said all who took part in the course - including members of various Tidy Towns and 'Grow It Yourself ' groups - found it very worthwhile, and are now looking forward to passing on their new-found knowledge to others in their respective communities.

All successful participants were presented with a certificate by Cllr Codd Nolan after she cut that red ribbon to officially open Wexford's first master composting demonstation site.

Meanwhile, Mary Hamilton was pleased to report that the Castlebridge garden continues to go great guns in all ways, following its opening in April of last year. A Level 3 horticultural course is currently under way there, and there are plans to run a Level 5 course early in the New Year ('we skip Level 4 because it's too similar to 3!' she quipped).

Many other courses in different aspects of gardening and in outdoor crafts too are also planned, and anybody interested in either signing up for a course or becoming involved in the Castlebridge Community Garden project on an ongoing basis can ring Mary at (087) 4136200

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