ODS and Oxford City Council have delivered 30 tonnes of garden-waste generated compost to 23 allotments across the city.
The waste has been turned into compost and is being delivered to Oxford allotments for use by their members.
ODS collected the compost from Severn Trent in Wallingford before the Parks Team distributed it in small van loads direct to eager allotment holders.
The Severn Trent composting site serves a number of local authorities by turning green garden waste into valuable organic compost fertiliser, thereby diverting the waste from landfill. They then offer the compost to councils free of charge.
Cllr Nigel Chapman, Cabinet Member for Citizen Focused Services and Council Companies, said: “Having an allotment brings with it many benefits for those who live in a city, above and beyond being able to grow your own vegetables. These include physical and mental wellbeing, being part of a community, and getting closer to nature. So it great to see that we, in partnership with ODS and Severn Trent, have been able to deliver this top-quality compost to Oxford’s allotment users to aid their growing, whilst at the same time ensuring that the garden waste that we’ve collected is put to good use.”
Maria Warner, ODS Social Value and Sustainability Lead, said: “By working in partnership with Oxford City Council and Severn Trent Green Power, ODS has turned household and commercial waste into garden treasure for 23 allotments across the city. We’re proud to support Oxford’s thriving allotment community by gifting them almost 30 tonnes of nutritious compost, upcycled from Oxford garden waste, and we wish them every success for a bumper harvest this year!”
Phil Baker at the Oxford & District Federation of Allotment Associations said: “Oxford & District Federation of Allotment Associations were very pleased to be offered a large amount of peat-free compost at no cost. This gardening essential is now benefitting 23 of our members' sites. A big 'thank you' to Severn Trent Green Power for the compost, to Oxford Direct Services for deliveries, and to Oxford City Council for organising things.”