Gardening enthusiasts will be able to get their hands on some free compost as part of Ealing Council's annual giveaway in Walpole Park on May 16.

The event begins at 8.30am and runs to 4pm or until the 20 tonnes of free compost is all gone. It comes at the end of Compost Awareness Week which ran earlier this month.

Residents are asked to come along with their own bags, containers and shovels as the compost will be loose.

The compost is made from recycled food and garden waste collected from homes across west London. Staff from the council’s recycling team and West London Waste Authority, which is responsible for disposing of the waste collected by six London boroughs including Ealing, will also be on hand with information and advice on composting.

Quantity is restricted to approximately 100l per person. Residents will need to park and enter on foot using the Mattock Lane entrance and should check parking restrictions when they arrive.

Keith Townsend, executive director of environment and leisure at Ealing Council, said: “Using compost in your garden is a cheap and environmentally friendly way to give your plants the nutrients they need. I encourage all gardeners to come along to our giveaway this May.

“If you’d like to start making your own compost there are reduced prices on compost bins for residents.”

Compost can easily be made at home using garden waste, as well as everyday waste items such as peelings, teabags, coffee grounds, filter paper and scrunched up newspaper and cardboard.

For further information on composting visit, or to learn more about the council’s garden waste collection service.