Dalefoot Compost

Organic & Peat-Free Composts

Using old gardening recipes, Dalefoot have worked to develop a range of composts that are farm-made and do what they promise. Wool compost™ is made on a traditional hill farm, Dalefoot, in the small valley of Heltondale in the Lake District National Park.  

Grazing is an important part of maintaining the special Lakeland landscape that is treasured by the millions of visitors to the area. The ever-increasing bracken cover is not only taking over the landscape, but also represents a problem to the hill farmer. It is a very aggressive plant that competes with other native vegetation to the extent that other plants fail, and available grazing is reduced. Bracken has become a problem – ecologically and economically – so what better, more sustainable solution than to harvest it in a managed way, thereby husbanding the beautiful hills of the Lake District and utilising a resource in a way that it used to be many years ago. 

Traditionally, in the Lake District, bracken has been used as an animal winter bedding material, which was then spread on the land in Spring to fertilise the fields. A rich source of humus with a wide range of trace elements ensured that the meadows and pastures got off to a good growing season.  

Dalefoot have taken that age-old recipe and developed Wool Compost. Potash rich bracken forms the base for all their composts. They blend Herdwick sheep’s wool into all their Wool Composts for improved water retention and slow release nitrogen. 

Dalefoot composts are approved for ORGANIC growing, are completely PEAT FREE, and are not made from green waste. They only use 100% natural ingredients from the fells surrounding their farm in the Lake District. 

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