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Tamariki and rangatahi will this year compete to become Dingwall Trust’s compost kings and learn about sustainability. They will try to be the best at giving back to Papatūānuku so she can nourish them in return.

At garden lessons children and young people get all the tools and knowledge they need to make super-rich compost. The compost will fertilise our organic community garden – the heart of Dingwall’s health and wellbeing programme.

Each cottage now owns an airtight food scraps bin for the kitchen and its own compost barrel in the garden to tip the scraps into.

During the hands-on lessons, tamariki drilled holes in the barrels. They learned that good compost needs oxygen and water as well as regular feeding with organic scraps. Even better, the resealable barrels can be rolled about to make sure the compost is turned and aerated. No digging required!

Making our own in-house compost at Dingwall Trust is part of working towards sustainability. The next step is to introduce worms to make the perfect compost brew.

Garden Pete will judge which cottage has made the most nutrient rich, balanced and dark compost for the māra, and therefore is Dingwall Trust’s compost king.

Compost will be dug into the veggie gardens so Papatūānuku can bless us with a bountiful harvest.

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Compost barrels can be rolled to mix and aerate the contents.

Garden Pete with a compost barrel that can be sealed to prevent unpleasant smells.

Each of the Dingwall Trust cottages now has an airtight food scraps bucket so they can go into compost rather than general rubbish.

Rangatahi also learned how to use a hand drill, making holes for aeration.