Global Gardens, Cardiff, chosen for national composting trial

The Global Gardens Project in Cardiff has been chosen to take part in a national composting trial run through a partnership between Natracare, creator of compostable disposable period products, and Social Farms & Gardens, a UK-wide charity, of which Global Gardens is a member.

The partnership sees Natracare providing insulated compost bins to Social Farms & Gardens’ specially selected community garden projects as a pilot scheme in which they will compost garden and food waste as well as Natracare period products—the only validated compostable global brand of disposable period products. The hot composting should take around six to eight weeks to turn green and brown waste into compost that is ready to use on the garden.

The Global Gardens Project is one of four community garden schemes across the UK to receive a Natracare composting bin. Throughout the ongoing partnership, Global Gardens will manage and maintain the hot composting process, monitoring and sharing the progress of the composting on their social channels. Additionally, using the Natracare Composting Guide, they will share the value of community composting and the benefits that composting period products have for the environment.

The Social Farms & Gardens partnership is the latest initiative in Natracare’s recently launched Project #BeKind campaign created to draw attention to the need to design health and well-being products for bio-loop systems and to consider the impact of consumer choices on our well-being and the environment.

Global Gardens Project was established in 2016, and is located at the Flaxland Allotments, off Whitchurch Road, on Sachville Avenue.  It has an orchard, herb garden, soft fruit patch, veggie plot, chill out velodome, polytunnel and greenhouse. Its aim is to support community-based learning about food growing and seasonal, nourishing cooking, while fostering more connected communities in the process.  It hosts twice weekly volunteer garden sessions, regular forest school sessions and a range of workshops and courses. It welcomes a diverse range of local residents to community garden events, including local families, students and sanctuary seekers.

Poppy Nicol of Global Gardens Project comments: “We are really excited to be working with Natracare to raise awareness of menstrual care and how those who bleed can support the environment and wider ecosystems.”