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Our Wool Compost story was featured on BBC Two Back to the Land with Kate Humble. Kate and her team visited our farm, helped us with lambing and found out how making our composts helps local Herdwick sheep farmers as well as the flora and fauna in the fells. This was featured on local TV, in one of our local papers and by gardening blogger MandyCanUDigit .



Our Wool Compost for Vegetables & Salads is the editor’s pick in the September 2016 issue of SAGA magazine.

Switching to peat free is easy with Dalefoot – read the Reckless Gardener’s feature on our composts.

"Try this" …another mention for our new Wool Compost for Vegetables and Salads, this time the Daily Mail’s Weekend magazine on August 13th 2016.

Getting the best crop from your tomatoes – the South Shields Gazette gives readers top growing tips including using our Wool Compost “which cuts down on watering and feeding”.

The Daily Telegraph’s gardening calendar featured our new Wool Compost for Vegetables and Salads in the July 2016 column


Hayes Garden World in Ambleside blog written by Angela Slater July 2016

Read how to use our Wool Compost for topping up your pots in the Sunday Telegraph here March 2016

Watch Monty Don planting lily bulbs in wool compost on BBC Gardeners’ World – click here to view the short clip March 2016

Award-winning lily growers HW Hyde & Son use our compost. Read Robin Lane Fox’s feature in the Financial Times on how to grow lilies with a mention of our Wool Compost February 2016

Lowther Castle Head Gardener's Blog May 2015

Alys Fowler's Gardening Column, The Guardian, Sat 28th Feb 2015 "Alys Fowler Compost"

Great Christmas Presents for Gardeners - Telegraph Sat 29th Nov 2014 - featuring Lakeland Gold

Telegraph Gardening Saturday October 11 2014 Peat Free Compost:  the improved choice 

Daily Telegraph gardening Helen Yemm’s Thorny Problems column July 2014 Scroll down to "Pick of the week"

BBC Gardeners' World Magazine April edition

Daily Telegraph gardening March 2014 – Green gardening: the best recycled equipment

Daily Express gardening Jan 14 

Gardening Which? on Wool Compost for Seeds "a promising peat free alternative with seeds germinating and growing equally as well as peat based composts."

RHS Chelsea Product of the Year 2013 - Wool Compost for Seeds - shortlisted

The English Garden July 2013

Monty Don in the Daily Mail March 2014 - "Composted bracken makes an excellent ericaceous alternative"

The Lady September 2014 – 3 of the Best: peat free compost. Two of our composts featured – Double Strength Wool Compost and Ericaceous Wool Compost

Garden’s Illustrated Sept 2014 – Fresh from the fells – article on new Herdwick compost and Ericaceous Wool Compost

Review by Fennel & Fern Jan 14 

Gardening Answers about Wool Compost Ericaceous - "If you want to grow acid loving plants in an eco-friendly way, this product is ther perfect solution."

Review by Patient Gardener Oct 13

House Beautiful - "At last an eco-friendly ericaceous compost has been launched, made from sheep's wool"

Article on The Art Of Indoor Gardens by Francine Raymond, The Telegraph Gardening Blog, 9 March 2014

Customer Comments

  • Simply the most impressive compost I have ever used - Terry Marshall, professional tomato grower - after trialling the new vegetable compost on his tomatoes.

  • I was very keen to keep up with trends and use a peat free sustainable product that delivered consistent results. Dalefoot's range of composts do just that. Martin Ogle - Head Gardener Lowther Castle


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