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New Leaf Compost provides boost to Derry and Strabane ‘I can grow’ project

Recently we joined with the Derry and Strabane Council to provide the compost required for an initiative that will see over 250 families learn to grow their own food.

The compost we donated will be used within the ‘I Can Grow’ project, which is led by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland supported by the National Lottery Community Fund and delivered in partnership with Derry City and Strabane District Council, The Conversation Volunteers and University College Cork.

Supporting community projects is critical to the ethos at New Leaf Compost and is one of the most rewarding parts of our work with this initiative one of the larger scale community schemes we are currently involved in.

It’s also incredibly fitting that the very compost the families will use in the ‘I Can Grow’ project has been made using discarded household organics from within their own local communities, perfectly representing a truly local circular economy in action.

Families participating in the project that will run over two growing seasons, will receive mentoring from the Council’s horticulturalist and a team of conservation volunteers.

Councillor Brian Tierney, Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District said, “The Council is strongly focused on the creation of a circular economy and the ‘I Can Grow’ project is a fantastic initiative for anyone keen to reduce their carbon footprint and do their bit for the local environment. This collective approach makes the introduction of sustainable environmental practices much more achievable.”

We’re pleased that our compost can help the people in the Derry and Strabane area to not only understand and appreciate how to grow their own produce, but to better understand what happens to their household food and garden waste when it is discarded via their Brown Bins.

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