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College News 26Jan 2016

Making the mulch of our mowing! New bio-composter helps Hartpury grow green

Making the mulch of our mowing! New bio-composter helps Hartpury grow green

While Hartpury is well known for nurturing the potential of its students, the college is now producing its own raw materials to give the flower beds a boost!


A new bio-composter imported from Italy is turning Hartpury’s green materials into an effective home-grown fertiliser, saving money and the environment.


A purpose-built yard has been created on the Hartpury estate. All green waste goes into a holding bay before being put through the bio-composter. It is then moved from one bin to another every five weeks, being turned three times during the process to ensure good air flow and eventually produce an excellent mulch after 15 weeks.


This ‘compost’ is then used to provide extra nutrients to Hartpury’s flower beds, trees and hedgerows and prevent weeds growing.


“We were previously paying a contractor to remove our grass cuttings, leaves, branches and other clippings and trimmings and, given the size of our estate, that was proving pretty costly, as was buying in our own mulch and sending staff out in trucks to collect it,” said Matt Newman, Hartpury’s grounds manager.


“It seemed like such a waste and we wanted to look into ways we could recycle our green materials and produce our own compost.


“As well as dealing with our high volumes of grass cuttings in the summer and leaves in the autumn and winter, the bio-composter can also process most of our weeds and branches up to six inches in diameter, so it’s great when we’re pruning trees and shrubs.


“All the college Christmas trees went in there and we can even use it for cardboard recycling. We used to skip all that before and pay to have it taken away. Now it’s fantastic raw material for us and it’s better for the environment too, not only for the recycling element but the reduced transportation. Over time, it will improve our heavy clay soil too.”

06 Dec 2016 College News

Hark the Hartpury angels sing! Primary pupils sing loud and proud to put college in the Christmas spirit

There was a feast of festive cheer at Hartpury today (December 6th) as local schoolchildren sung their hearts out to Hartpury staff and students at a special Christmas Carol Service.


21 Nov 2016 College News

Physical Education and School Sports students no longer need Sat Navs!

Physical Education and School Sports students from Hartpury University Centre have recently completed their Silver National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS).

18 Nov 2016 College News

Hartpury pitches in and forks out to help City Farm change children’s lives

Hartpury has been pitching in and forking out to help a local charity change the lives of young people in Gloucester and open their eyes to a world of new opportunities.

11 Nov 2016 College News

Hartpury remembers…standing room only for Remembrance Day Service

It was standing room only as students and staff remembered the fallen at Hartpury College’s annual Remembrance Day Service today.