Westward Ho! Park selected for new composting product trial.
Earth Friendly Foodware (EFF) is announcing Westward Ho! Park as the exclusive UK community testing site for the newly launched HOTBIN Mega Composter. As a North Devon Biosphere Business Partner, EFF is committed to promoting, wherever possible, composting waste as an alternative to landfill to help protect local soils.
In the UK Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan, reversing soil degradation and restoring fertility is an aim to be achieved by 2030. UK soils store an estimated 10 billion tonnes of carbon, broadly equal to 80 years of annual UK greenhouse gas emissions. Unfortunately, soil is a limited resource under pressure from climate change, population growth, urban development, waste, pollution and the demand for more (and cheaper) food. Soil holds 3 times as much carbon as the atmosphere, it reduces the risk of flooding by absorbing water, it is a wildlife habitat and it delivers 95% of global food supplies.
“We are delighted to see our local Park selected”, stated Andrew Cross, Managing Director, Earth Friendly Foodware. “One of the commitments we made when joining the Biosphere programme was to promote composting to residents, communities and businesses as a preferred waste outcome. Hopefully, this initiative can push composting to the front of people’s minds when deciding how to dispose of their natural waste.”
HOTBIN is focused on re-educating people that home composting can really make a significant impact on how much waste is diverted from landfill using a composting system that is safe, easy to use and can recycle a wider variety of waste. The HOTBIN Mega is the latest hot composter to follow on from the success of the HOTBIN Mini (RHS Chelsea Product of the Year 2019) and the original HOTBIN (Gardeners World Magazine Best Buy 2021).
“Westward Ho! Park is an ideal community testing site”, commented Sue Whetnall, Head of Business Development and Marketing, HOTBIN. “We considered many factors including the interest from the local council and community. The HOTBIN Mega is an ideal composter for large houses, allotments and community planting areas. After much deliberation, Westward Ho! Park became the leading choice due to its investment in community gardening and local commitment to protecting the environment.”
Westward Ho! Park is a green space which sits at the heart of Westward Ho!. The park has free-to-use hard tennis courts and a recently installed children’s playground. Around the park volunteers look after the planting, from beds and borders to a sensory garden and community vegetable planters. Northam Town Council purchased the Park from Torridge District Council, with the support of the local community. (This came after news broke from TDC in 2015 that there were plans to use most of the land for a development of houses).