East Devon grass cuttings lead to soil success

Garden waste gives East Devon’s parks a compost boost

Compost weighing the equivalent of 11 elephants made from East Devon’s grass cuttings and leaves has transformed flowerbeds in Exmouth, Sidmouth and Seaton.

The compost, made from hedge clippings, grass cuttings and leaves from 10,000 homes signed up to East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) garden waste collection, has given a boost to floral displays at Exmouth’s Pavilion Gardens, Sidmouth’s Connaught Gardens and Seafield Gardens and Seaton’s Windsor Gardens.

Sharon Scott, EDDC parks and open spaces improvement officer, said the compost was used to mulch flowerbeds, prevent weeds, while improving soil conditions and moisture levels.

She said the parks and gardens were in ‘desperate need’ of a soil boost; borders at Exmouth Pavilion Gardens were ‘extremely sandy and had no water holding properties’.

“Our parks and gardens were in desperate need of some mulch to improve the soil structure, moderate the soil temperature, reduce the weeds, hold in some moisture and add plenty of essential nutrients,” she said.

Compost weighing 10 tons was spread on flowerbeds Seafield Gardens, Sidmouth, and Windsor Gardens in Seaton.

More than 27 tons was used at Connaught Gardens, Sidmouth; Exmouth Pavilion Gardens had 24 tons of compost mixed with well-rotted manure from The Donkey Sanctuary.

The garden waste takes 14 weeks to develop into compost before it is used to boost the district council’s parks and gardens.

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