At the end of March the cuttings/arisings from this years reedbed management were podded up as the first part of the composting process. The pod is an enclosed container in which all the green material is put. It is ideal for wetland reserves like Ham Wall as it contains all the odours, dust and run off. There are several types of this 'in vessel' composting system, but we use the Ecopod, a plastic tube or pod, rather like a long sausage in which we place all our cut material. A perforated pipe running through it provides aeration, creating perfect levels of moisture and oxygen and reduces the time needed for the material to compost.

Cut material being scraped up.

A digger with a grab drops material into a large hopper on wheels. This moves along as the sausage-like pod fills up behind it.

A view from the other side as the pod increases in length.

Thanks to Reg Redmore for the photos.


What do the experts say?

The Ham Wall compost is trialed and tested and conforms to the British Standard. It has many excellent properties and is comparable to other popular brands currently on the market.

The compost has good water retention qualities and a pH value of 6.91 (most other green composts have a value of 8 or higher), and very good levels of organic nitrogen.

It is a completely organic material and purely the by-product of a more sustainable way of wetland conservation management at Ham Wall.


The best news is that it's available to buy now. We have refillable dumpy bags for sale (40 litres) with a small initial charge, which can then be refilled as often as you like for just £2 a time. The bags are durable and so can also be used in the garden for collecting leaves and garden rubbish. The alternative is for you to bring your own bags with you for a reduced price!

Contact 01458 860494 for further information and to arrange a collection.

All the monies raised go directly back into the running of you local nature reserve.