Free compost giveaway back for 2024!

Hands in compost

Watford residents are in for a green treat this Saturday as they will have the opportunity to collect free compost kindly donated by Severn Trent Green Power.

Watford residents are in for a green treat on Saturday 11 May as they will have the opportunity to collect free compost and wildflower seeds, courtesy of Watford Council and environmental partner Veolia.

This giveaway is a chance to express our gratitude to residents who have diligently recycled their garden waste in their green-lidded bins. This initiative sees the organic material returned as nutrient-rich compost for the benefit of Watford residents. Additionally, a number of packets of wildflower seeds will be distributed, promoting biodiversity and attracting pollinators and wildlife to local gardens. These materials will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, so residents are encouraged to arrive early to secure their share.

The Compost Giveaway event is scheduled to take place on Saturday 11 May, from 10am to 11:30am, the distribution point will be at Woodside Playing Fields Car Park (upper car park), located at Horseshoe Lane, Watford, WD25 7HH.

Please be advised that the compost supply runs out very quickly so we would recommend arriving as close to 10am as possible. We cannot guarantee the supply will last until the end of the event. 

Residents are kindly requested to bring proof of Watford residency, such as a utility bill, along with their own shovel and bags to collect the compost. Each household is eligible to receive up to two bags of compost, with the homeowner required to be present and provide proof of address. Participants are responsible for filling their bags with compost and safely transporting them back to their vehicles.

Darren Harding, Senior Contract Manager at Veolia, said: “We're delighted to be supporting the residents of Watford by working with Severn Trent Green Power to offer compost to the community alongside the essential services of waste collection, street cleansing and parks maintenance we provide. The compost is made from garden waste that is collected by Veolia crews and converted into the nutrient-rich material which enriches soil, allowing residents to enhance their gardens sustainably."

For further information, please contact Veolia (Watford) at 020 3567 6900 or via email at

Published: 17th April 2024

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