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Initially, on 7 March, this will be only for leaving garden waste. From 14 March, the Marsh will be open both to leave garden waste, and to buy compost. No physical help can be offered to visitors and social distancing of 2 metres must be maintained – sanitising materials will be provided. Only two vehicles will be allowed on site at one time plus maximum of two allowed to stack in the entrance layby. When you collect compost, please place donations in a box – no change can be offered.

The Marsh is open on Sundays from 10am-1pm:

  • The Marsh is open for garden waste deliveries as long as sufficient volunteers are available
  • The number of vehicles on site will be controlled by the volunteers.
  • No parking on the main road will be permitted while waiting for entry into the site
  • A volunteer will be stationed at the entrance in order to control entry on to the site.
  • Social distancing must be observed on the site therefore minimal help can be offered for unloading garden waste or loading compost.
  • Compost may be purchased if it is available. Please continue to have the correct money ready (£1 per bag) to put into a cash box  as volunteers will not handle any cash or give change. We will ask you for your name and post code as usual

The site, at the old Highways depot on Exeter Road (otherwise known as the Marsh), will accept bulky garden waste and produce compost for local collection and use.


  • Soft Green waste material you can cut with mower or clippers
  • Twiggy brushwood material that can be cut with loppers, saw or power tools


  • Stumps, vines, bamboo, Japanese knotweed, Himalayan balsam
  • Other organic matter such as food waste, e.g. unwanted fruit and vegetables


Sunday mornings from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Volunteers needed

We have a list of people willing to give a morning every couple of months to open up, assist visitors and lock up at the end.

However, we are still very keen to hear from others interested in assisting.

For more information or to volunteer contact contact Martin on 01364 72096 or email

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Marsh Composting – A history

Martin Duckworth, the Marsh Composting Co-ordinator has written a short history of its development.

‘It all started in September 2010 when the Dartmoor National Park Authority (DNPA) gave South Brent Parish Council permission for a disused Devon County Council storage depot, on the Exeter Road, to become a “composting and re-use site”. By February 2011 SSB was granted a 10-year lease by DNPA, including three years rent-free use. This has been extended and, at the time of writing, the concession is still in place.

The site has been modified to make it more secure and suitable for producing compost. It is equipped for sieving and bagging the finished product, and for storing equipment and sheltering the volunteers – should it ever chance to rain on a Sunday!

By the end of March 2011 the site was ready to receive garden waste and had 21 volunteers on the rota. Today the project has 35 volunteers, and one Steward and two or more other Assistants open the site from 10am to 1pm each Sunday.

By September 2011 the first usable compost was produced. 10kg bags are available for a £1 donation. Volunteers are also given one bag for each hour worked on the site and bulk collections of un-sieved compost by trailer are encouraged. On average over 2000kg of compost (equivalent to about 160 bags) is collected each month.

The operation and maintenance of the site is funded by recycling credits claimed from SHDC and from the donations made buy those collecting the compost.

The Marsh site also hosts the Hedges and Woodland Group which is developing the ‘re-use’ role of the site through the storage and processing of wood gathered by the wood group.’