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Bulk Compost deliveries?

Hi all, I’m wanting a lot of compost, maybe a couple of tons to do completely new garden beds.  I’ve called around the big online companies (compost direct) but none will delivery to me because of access.  Our house is off a single track lane and then down a bit of a farm track, so the 18 ton lorries they use can’t get down here.  Called the recycling centre for green waste compost and same problem. I’d really like to avoid getting bags of compost from the garden centre as our car can only hold about 5 at a time.  Smaller lorries are able to get down here no problem.  Anyone know any options for compost delivery to an awkward site?

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  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,861

    Have it tipped out and barrow it down your lane, if it’s too tight for lorries, not many options.

    maybe some neighbours would help.

    Oh, the joys of living in the country! I have had similar problems. Mostly where they couldn’t find us.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Andy19Andy19 Posts: 671

    Do you know a local farmer with tractor with a front bucket to get it down the lane.

  • Lyn says:

    Have it tipped out and barrow it down your lane, if it’s too tight for lorries, not many options.

    maybe some neighbours would help.

    Oh, the joys of living in the country! I have had similar problems. Mostly where they couldn’t find us.

    See original post

     Would maybe consider this but don‘t fancy barrowing it 1/4 mile down the lane! And yes soo many problems with deliveries here, the joys of no house numbers and house names being variations of each other!

    Last edited: 31 January 2018 13:25:49

  • Andy19 says:

    Do you know a local farmer with tractor with a front bucket to get it down the lane.

    See original post

     Don’t know any farmers personally but I’ll ask around.

  • Throw a 'compost moving' party for your friends or friends' kids, if they've got hefty lads. Token prize for the team that moves the most! Food and other refreshnent too of courseimage

  • Allotment BoyAllotment Boy North London Posts: 4,964

    Yes if you can find a supplier that will deliver in 1 ton bulk bags, you may be able someone with a smaller flatbed  & a hoist who can do the last bit for you.

    AB Still learning

  • I have exactly this problem with one of my properties.  I knocked down what i bought and rebuilt it and needed an awful lot of stuff taking in and taking out down a 260m long 2mtr wide uneven footpath.  Had to involve the RAF on one occasion!!!!

    I had to simply have everything dumped on the roadside and barrow it all in.  I did make a 4 wheel trolley that carried 3/4tonne at a time after a while but that was harder work than using barrows.

    I can say though that if you get stuck in, switch off, only fill barrows to 3/4 full it's amazing just what you can get done in a day.  On our worst day we shifted (2 men 55+ and one lady 75'ish+) 32 tonnes of waste rubble from the garden 260mtrs into skips at the side of the road in 9hrs.

    2tonne will take you no time at all and you'll lose a couple of pounds too.   Can you find a local farmer with a quad bike and trailer that will help?   Me personally i would just get stuck in, head down, switch off and go for it.  On your own 2tonne won't take you long, 4 / 5hrs less.

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