Dirty your hands and be a master of compost

IF you are a master of the dirt and are interested in volunteering, the right position has come up for you.

As part of the Northants Waste Partnership, South Northants Council is looking for people who would like to help it spread the word about home composting.

The scheme was launched in the summer and the council is now looking to start a second round of recruitment.

Master composters will receive free training, resources and travel expenses, as well as on-going support from their co-ordinator.

In return for the training, master composters will spend a minimum of 30 hours over 12 months spreading the composting message in their local community.

This could be anything from writing articles for the local newsletter, holding demonstrations at local allotments or helping out at gardening shows across the county.

For more information and to register your interest, email wastemanagement@northamptonshire.gov.uk.

Councils across the region have been praising the benefits of composting, which include improving the quality of garden soil, helping it to retain moisture and support healthy plant growth.

Composting at home is also put forward as an ideal way to recycle garden and kitchen waste, cutting the amount of waste collected by councils.