Green-fingered Burnham-On-Sea residents are being offered free training, helpful support and the chance to become a Compost Champion by an eco-education charity.

The Carymoor Environmental Trust, backed by Somerset Waste Partnership, is holding a free one-day training course in October for residents who can commit some time to promoting composting in the local community.

Compost Champions are volunteers who help others start composting at home, and offer support to people who need advice or encouragement to keep going or overcome any difficulties.

Started in 2009, the Compost Champion scheme now has more than 60 volunteers across Somerset who raise awareness among fellow residents of the benefits of composting.

They can choose to promote composting in a variety of ways, such as a chatting to a neighbour, talking to a school, writing an article for parish magazines, or taking a display to an event.

Carymoor’s Rupert Farthing said: “Composting has many benefits; converting organic matter into a free fertilizer, it improves soil structure, helps plants grow and cuts waste.”

The free training covers the composting process, ways to use compost, and how to help others get started and do more. The next training course is being held in Frome on Saturday 15th October from 10am to 4pm. For more information or to sign up, email Rupert Farthing on or call 01963 350143.