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Old gardening recipes to help you garden in balance with nature
Distinctive red and yellow bags of Dalefoot Wool Compost and Lakeland Gold Compost

Our composts are all made on our small hill farm in the Lake District. The ideas for our composts come from old gardening books - from where many good ideas have been forgotten.

Made from renewable and natural ingredients. Bracken is harvested on rotation improving the biodiversity of flora and fauna where it grows. Harvesting also improves the habitat for ground nesting birds and butterflies and in particular the High Brown Fritillary. Grazing for animals is also improved. Sheep's wool sheared each year from our flock and our neighbours - provides an alternative source of income to local hill farmers.

Nature knows best

We want to provide our customers with the best products available and as the old saying goes “Nature knows best”, that’s why all of the sheep’s wool we use is undipped and all of our Composts are 100% natural, to ensure healthy plants and vegetables for you and your family to enjoy.

We feel that we have we made a range of environmental products that offer our customers strongly sustainable choices and real alternatives to peat.

  • Peat free
  • Fertile and strong
  • 100% natural
  • Sustainable
  • Natural water retention

Featured News

  • Dalefoot lends its peat free support to three RHS Tatton show gardens

    Posted 20 July 2018

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    Three show gardens at RHS Tatton Flower Show, including a gold medal winner, have been given a peat free boost thanks to Dalefoot Composts.

    Bee’s Gardens: The Penumbra by Briony Doubleday scooped Best Back to Back Garden, Best Construction Award and a prestigious gold RHS medal at the show. The garden was planted in a mix of Dalefoot’s Wool Compost and Lakeland Gold.

    The shady urban garden shows how lush

Latest News

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    The Good Life

    By Lizzi Meth-Cohn, 01 November 2018 – 1 comments

    I step out the back door and stomp through the garden gate into the quiet frostiness of my veg patch. It is just after half past 6 on a cold night in 2013 and we have friends over for dinner. Wearing

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    Cobwebs, Coddlings and Crumble...

    By Lizzi Meth-Cohn, 28 September 2018 – 0 comments

    Cobwebs appeared on the box hedge bordering our apple trees this week. The webs were picked out in dew and have, of course, been there for weeks but invisible in the warm weather. The cooler damp air

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Customer Comments

  • After purchasing two bags of your Gold compost on the recommendation of Harts lily bulb firm I am so impressed I thought I would let you know how happy I am with the results...and subsequently I have ordered another two bags from Marshalls Seeds to re-pot some others lilies in the garden. The wisteria the kids gave me for mother's day..well the plant has pushed up so many extra branches, from ground level, frankly, I am astounded....the plant is obviously very very happy. (68 year old who cannot bend down to garden anymore) Ann.

  • I have never before had such a success with manufactured composts. I did try out a few bags last year for the first time having met you at Malvern. It was a success last year but this year the results are outstanding. I ordered enough for a friend and she also is delighted with the results. We will be ordering again next year.

  • I have never grown anything quite like this in the past. I can only put it down to using your compost.

  • Thank you so much for your interest in our products following the Back to the Land TV Programme with Kate Humble. We are working through your orders as fast as possible but please bear with us if there is a short delay before receiving your compost. Happy Gardening!

  • "You only have to put your hands in this compost to know how good it is" Karen - Alleyn Park Garden Centre

  • I mulched my veggie plants and "tickled" the compost in on the plots....what a difference! Mrs Francis, Norwich

  • "Lakeland Gold is absolutely brilliant on my clay soil"

  • "Thanks for the compost, which arrived very promptly. I will definitely be ordering more for later on.I can safely say that the seed compost has worked for me - I have good healthy baby plants, which I most certainly did not have with the previous organic compost. Lorna - Stirlingshire

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Barker and Bland is a limited company registered in England and Wales. Registered office: Dalefoot Farm, Heltondale, Nr Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 2QL. Registered number: 8312959

This project is supported by the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) for which Defra is the Managing Authority, part funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas.

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