‘Inspiring’ award for Bratton Fleming composters

Joseph Bulmer

Village is shortlisted for Community of the Year award after being crowned Devon’s Green Community of the Year

“WHERE there’s muck there’s brass” is certainly true for the village of Bratton Fleming after it was crowned Devon’s Green Community of the Year on Monday.

For 15 years the Bratton Fleming Parish Council Community Composting Group has collected, shredded and composted the community’s garden waste, earning money back from North Devon Council.

This has been ploughed back into the community through financial donations for residents and local organisations – not to mention free compost.

That translates to 18,000 tonnes of green waste plus more than �35,000, used to provide facilities such as play equipment, trees, shrubs and allotments.

The green award is sponsored by South West Water and one of just three awards given by The Community Council of Devon as part of its search to find the Devon Community of the Year, seeking groups, towns, villages, or societies that have worked to improve their physical or social environments.

Bratton Fleming is now vying for the top prize and will find out if it has won at Exeter Racecourse on Saturday, October 8 at the Community Council of Devon’s annual conference.

“This long established group impressed the judging panel by managing to sustain a simple, but effective local solution, achieving real environmental benefits for their community,” said Elaine Cook, CCD chief executive.

“The financial contributions they have been able to make to other community groups and projects are inspiring.”

Group chairman Terry Shapland said the award had been a team effort and thanks to the volunteers who had given their time to make it a success.

He said the initiative had led to a spate of calls from people keen to find out more about composting, from as far afield as Scotland, Spain, Lanzarote and America.