Shop now
Herdwick sheep in bracken
Bracken cutting over Ullswaterbracken balesTurning the CompostDouble Strength Wool Compost in Vegetable gardenLilies grown by Hyde Lilies in Dalefoot Woool Compost win Gold at ChelseaJane and SimonKate Humble and the crew
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

  • Monty Don using Ericaceous wool compost - BBC TV Gardeners’ World

    Posted 11 July 2018

    When Monty Don wants a special compost to plant a Chinese Dogwood in a pot that will give good drainage, neutral to acid soil and plenty of nutrients, what does he use? He makes up a bespoke mix including his own garden compost, leaf mould, grit – and ericaceous wool-based compost! topped off with composted bracken. As he says “Don’t scrimp on the compost”. To watch the clip click here and move the cursor

Latest News

Notices and promotions

  • Buy our unique peat free compost online
  • New Stockist List 2018

    We have some lovely new garden centres stocking our compost. See the attachment on the product page

  • We care about the environment

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

Customer Comments

  • 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


Your Details
© Barker and Bland Ltd t/a Dalefoot Composts 2014 - 2018. All rights reserved.
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.

Bulk Buy Scheme

The price of every item in our bulk buy scheme drops as you buy more.

Shopping Bag   /  total £0.00  Go to shopping bag