City College bags some help with compost project

17 November 2017 | College News, Student Life

City College has received a big green thumbs-up for their ‘Down to Earth’ Composting Project with a £2,000 grant to jump-start the venture.

The money was awarded as part of Tesco’s Bags of Help community grant scheme. Launched in 2015, the scheme uses the money raised from the sale of carrier bags to fund thousands of local projects across the UK that benefit their community.  

The ‘Down to Earth’ Composting Project will see students build new composting bays for the College’s community garden. Set up to help English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) students, the project aims to help build on their knowledge of English and communication, as well as teaching them horticultural and carpentry skills. This venture is also an opportunity for the young people to work with other students and create links with the community.

Constructed and maintained by the students, the new compost bays are all part of the College green initiative. Awarded Green Business of the Year at the Herald Business Awards in 2016, sustainability is at the heart of the College and this project is another way to make a difference. 

“We are so happy to have been given this money to start the Down to Earth project. This initiative will be beneficial to both our students and the community, with endless possibilities to gain employability and life skills,” said City College’s Darran McLane who spearheaded the project. 

“There are big plans for the new bays with hopes to branch out into the community. We are organising three composting workshops, supported by the allotments team at Plymouth City Council, and led by compost guru, Nicky Scott, of the Devon Community Composting Network and Chair of Growing Devon Schools Partnership. Two of the talks will be aimed at allotment holders and the other for gardeners and teachers in Plymouth and the surrounding area. The hope is to increase people’s knowledge in the art of good composting and make Plymouth a greener place.”

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