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Our Soil Association-approved 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 Dalefoot Composts are ideal for growing organically.

Sheep's wool sheared each year from our flock and our neighbours - provides an alternative source of income to local hill farmers. Bracken is harvested from the fells of the Lake District, on rotation, thus improving the habitat for ground nesting birds and butterflies - in particular the High Brown Fritillary.

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 and all of our composts are 100% natural, to ensure healthy plants and vegetables for you and your family to enjoy. Our complete range is also approved by the Soil Association for organic growing.

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

  • Peat-free
  • Soil Association Approved
  • Fertile and strong
  • 100% natural
  • Natural water retention

 

Featured News

  • Our full range is now Soil Association Approved!

    Posted 11 February 2019

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    The Soil Association has officially approved our entire range of peat free composts making it even easier for eco-conscious gardeners who want to organically grow their fruit, vegetables and blooms. The Soil Association is the UK’s largest organic certification body with over 70 years’ experience and its organic standards are recognised as being the best in the world.

    Our loyal customers already know that

Latest News

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    Ready, set, sow!

    By Lizzi Meth-Cohn, 29 March 2019 – 0 comments

    This week at our allotment in the northern Lake District, we have been begun sowing at last. We dusted off our garden plan that was made at the end of last year’s growing season (before we could

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    We're perfect for tomatoes!

    By Lizzi Meth-Cohn, 11 February 2019 – 1 comments

    Garden writer and horticulturalist Beth Otway has been busy. She’s been growing lots of different tomato varieties in our compost to test their health and productivity both in pots and in trial beds.

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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