Gardeners can head down to Twickenham later this month to bring home some free compost.

At the ‘compost giveaway’ day on Sunday, April 22, hosted by the council, West London Waste Authority and Veolia, there will be 10 tonnes of the stuff on offer, with households able to take home two bags each.

Ishbel Murray, assistant director for environment and community services, said: “This is a great opportunity for environmentally responsible minded residents to collect some free compost and bring their unwanted or broken small electrical items for recycling at the same time.

“The council’s waste and recycling team, Veolia and West London Waste Authority, will be also on hand to provide general waste and recycling advice and information about composting.

“We know how much these WEEE recycling days are valued by our residents, with last January’s collection being the most successful ever and we hope that this one will be just as successful.”

Franco Murphy, Senior Contract Manager at Veolia Richmond, added: “Pro-Grow is nutrient rich, peat free soil conditioner that Veolia makes by recycling garden waste.

“We are giving 10 tonnes of it away to Richmond residents as a thank you for their efforts in recycling food and garden waste, and to give something back to the community.

“We hope residents will enjoy the benefits of Pro-Grow and see their gardens flourish this spring.”

The giveaway will take place at Holy Road car park in Twickenham from 11am until the compost is gone.

A WEEE takeback facility will also be available to get rid of any unwanted electrical items, but only small items will be accepted that can fit inside a 240 litre household wheelie bin.