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Gardening in a graveyard never looked better!

Graveyard gardenSt Sidwell’s in Exeter is a welcoming inclusive group bringing people together, intent on strengthening the local community by providing a place to meet, garden, eat, learn, work, laugh and chat. All are welcome regardless of background, ability or circumstance. Facilities include a community cafe serving home made food and cakes, room hire, internet access, cookery classes and workshops, language classes, volunteering, training and work placement opportunities as well as gardens and gardening in and around the graveyard.
Based in a converted church complete with grounds and graveyard close to the center of Exeter, it is a surprisingly calm quiet oasis. In fact inhabitants include slow worms, newts, dragon flies, hedgehogs and frogs as well as countless other birds, animals and insects.
St Sidwell's

‘Waste Not Want Not’ is a policy at St Sid’s – so great care is taken to make the most of every resource, grow as much fresh produce as practical and recycle where possible. Food waste from the cafe was one of the the more difficult waste streams to deal with, so a commercial scale, catering sized, food waste recycling system was researched and a Ridan was the obvious solution. Because it can recycle all food waste, raw and cooked, including meat it is easy to use, and because it doesn’t need any electricity it can stand in the gardens where the compost will be used to grow more food.
So if you are able, pop in to St Sidwell’s in Exeter, enjoy the cafe, the food is excellent! And don’t leave without strolling through the graveyard and having a look at the excellent gardens which will be powered by the big green Ridan composter.
Food Waste Composter



Community food waste composting in ‘The Zone’

Community residents group Pentrebane Zone in South Wales grow food, run a community cafe, and a food bank distribution service, so inevitably there is some food waste which used to leave the site along with any other waste. Now they have a Ridan food waste composting system on-site which can transform up to ten tonnes of food waste per year into lovely compost. Community food waste composting at it’s best.Community Composting
Community residents and volunteers have been recognized for their great work at Pentrebane Zone such as Gardening Clubs, Family Cooking and Woodworking workshops, winning several awards along the way. The gardening club also includes a scheme to grow your own hops before supplying then to a local brewery who turn them into excellent low food miles beer, a great way to enjoy the fruits of your labors, now that is keeping it local!

Pentebane Zone collect food donated by local supermarkets and re-distribute it to whoever needs it locally. Inevitably there is some waste from this, as well as from the cafe and cookery club, all of which can now be recycled into compost for the gardens and poly tunnel in order to grow more food. The whole composting process takes about three months from food to compost, it doesn’t use any electricity and the end product is a wonderful natural moisture retaining soil enhancer.

Pentrebane zone