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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 .

Garden News columnist Naomi Slade uses our compost in her new garden in her ‘Notes from a Small Garden’ in March 10 issue.

London-based blogger London Plantology met us at the Garden Press Event and includes our composts in a review of the brands providing ‘great solutions for growing in small urban spaces’.

Woman & Home April issue features our co-founder Jane Barker in an article on people who love where they live. Jane explains why living in the Lake District is so important to her and reveals her favourite place – on the top of the fell with her flock.

The Chatty Gardener blogs about planning a cutting garden and writes that our Wool Compost for Seeds is the “best peat-free seed compost I’ve found”.

Proud to say our composts come up trumps in various growing trials conducted by the horticulturist and garden writer Pumpkin Beth. Read Beth’s detailed reviews for carrots, broad beans , sweet peas and scented daffodils. She also includes them in her Christmas gift guide.

Award-winning bloggers Agents of Field use our composts in this post and say “Dalefoot Composts prove that you can work with the environment, not against it, and the results can be far superior”.

The wonderful family team at Life on Pig Row blog about using our composts (and here). 

Learn how to grow indoors, on balconies and windowsills using our Seed Compost here

read about us being a finalist in RHS Chelsea Garden Product of the Year

More on us being an RHS Garden Product of the Year Finalist

“The move from unsustainable peat- based composts has led to creative innovations such as Dalefoot Compost– made from Cumbrian fells bracken and Herdwick sheep’s wool.”- read about us during National Gardening Week

Professional gardener Thomas Stone MCI HORT MPGCA Trialing our Seed Compost

Learn how to grow beautiful Veg in an urban environment here

A great recommendation in My Weekly’s Gardening Q & A

A short write up about us after the Gardening Press Event

Learn how to grow Strawberries and make Strawberry jam here

Bramble Garden doesn’t let a little bit of snow stop them from using Dalefoot

Growing delicious Cherry Tomatoes in Dalefoot

Growing house plants from seeds in Dalefoot Seed Compost

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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