1. Pam Mitchell, The Grange, Murrells Lane, Hockley (Tel. 01702 207491) has a very good, old supply of manure. If you ring her first, giving a couple of days’ notice, she will arrange for a load to be brought to her farm gate to ease bagging up.
2. We have another provider of free manure, chemical free, in Barling, near Wakering:
Tel. 01702 219835
3. Julie Davis has a large, well rotted manure pile in Great Wakering, ready to be taken away and put to good use, with good vehicle access. You can help yourself to a bagful, a car load or a lorry load if you want it, but please contact her first to arrange a time as her yard is kept locked for security reasons. Julie says she can’t say it’s organic, but she has run her land along organic guidelines, so there have been no sprays, medicines, etc. used and all their livestock were fed on organic feed, with no growth promoters or hexane, so it is completely safe for organic vegetables, etc. Her number is 0774 210 7855.
4. Mandy Chaplin’s free rotten manure is a mixture of horse, donkey, goat and pig. Her animals are fed an organic diet. You can help yourself to as much or as little as you want. Please ring Debbie on 07449 314 914 (Ashingdon).
5. Brook House Farm is a recycling centre just off the Five Bells roundabout on the A13 at Basildon. It recycles wood mostly from local tree fellers into logs, biofuels, bark chippings, mulch and compost and has a huge pile of excellent compost selling at £1 a bag or it can arrange truckloads for those needing larger amounts. Many of their customers bring a sieve to make sure they get the very best and finest into their bag. Please contact Bea Byford: firstname.lastname@example.org
6. Well rotted horse manure (Rochford). Danielle also has fresh horse manure to use in compost bins. Please contact Danielle Neadley; email@example.com
7. Hockley Equestrian Centre, Church Road, Hockley, SS5 6AE: 01702 207166, 07748 490985.
8. Chicken manure (off Fairfax Drive), bagged and ready for collection. If anyone is interested, please call Anita on 07910 215 227.