The Allotment Project

Compost Culture

Project Information: Compost Culture

The Compost Culture project concept was conceived by General Public & developed in partnership with Incredible Surplus, The Active Wellbeing Society (TAWS), St Paul’s Community Development Trust & Birmingham Friends of the Earth.

Supported by The National Lottery Climate Action Community Fund, Compost Culture is a 2 year project that will continue Incredible Surplus’s work to develop systems to reduce food waste in Birmingham by turning it into compost and growing food with the compost produced. The food grown will be shared will people in Birmingham through Incredible Surplus’s food distribution network and partners projects.

Compost Culture seeks to change the narrative on compost and support behaviour change. We will do this by partnering up practical, hands on compost and growing initiatives with the production of creative media and storytelling projects that seek to rearticulate compost as something magical, ‘cultured’, relevant & fundamental to how society moves forward. The stories we tell about compost and waste will shape what the city is and what it can become. We will be setting up compost demonstration sites across the city where you can come and take a look at different systems for managing your food waste, attend workshops and see (and eat) the food we are growing with the compost produced. There will also be a range of events and activities to support the project from a touring exhibition to a Festival of Surplus.

Incredible Allotments

Incredible Surplus have three allotment sites in close proximity to their hub, The Sharehouse in Winson Green where we are already composting waste  and growing fruits and vegetables:

  • Londonderry (Smethwick)
  • Uplands (Handsworth)
  • Victoria Jubilee (Handsworth)

These three sites – roughly the equivalent of 4 large allotments – use organic principles and no-dig methods. The sites are co-ordinated by Chris & Liz from General Public, supported by the brilliant Incredible Surplus volunteers.

Get Involved

Follow the project on Instagram @compost_culture_birmingham for updates and information.

Volunteer at the Incredible Allotments and be part of the project here.

As a volunteer you will take part in:

  • Growing Fruit & Vegetables using organic principles
  • Learning about composting
  • No Dig Gardening
  • Urban Farming
  • Zero food miles
  • Supporting climate action

Partner Sites

As the project develops partners will develop compost demonstration stations at key sites across the city. These will work towards composting food waste generated from kitchens on site to create working models of closed loop systems. They include:

TAWS, All Saints Garden & Community Cafe, Herbert Road, Small Heath, B10 0PR

St Paul’s Community Development Trust, Hertford Street, Balsall Heath, B12 8NJ

Birmingham Friends of the Earth, Allison Street, Digbeth, B5 5TH

If you are part of a community growing project or climate action minded organisation/business and would like information about how to compost on site then get in touch by emailing