GARDENERS across Cheshire West and Chester are being urged to ‘Give it a Grow’ during Compost Awareness Week, which runs until May 10.

Although around 30% of us already compost at home, there are lots more things we can all try. For example, about 60% of people say they have never tried composting general household waste, such as scrunched up paper or the contents from a vacuum cleaner, and around 50% of people have never tried using peat-free compost.

However you choose to get involved, there are plenty of new things you can try, which will not only help the environment but also help your garden grow greener.

Here are just some of the things you could try during this Compost Awareness Week:

Anyone with outside space can compost at home. Contact your local authority to check if it sells compost bins, or try any garden centre or DIY store

Already a compost champion? Think about additional things you could compost, such as eggs shells, tea bags or even the contents from your vacuum cleaner. Visit for more information.

Use your homemade compost to enrich your borders or to give your potted plants and containers an extra boost

Try peat-free compost. It’s made from recycled materials which is good news for the environment because it helps to cut down the amount of organic waste that is sent to landfill

Set up a wormery. This is ideal for people who don’t produce garden waste or have limited outside space. Small amounts of garden waste can go into a wormery, together with some cooked food scraps.