Wormeries prevent kitchen waste going into general waste bins.

At Northumberland National Park Authority, we have reintroduced our wormery!

Our wormery prevents our kitchen waste going into our general waste bins. This reduces the waste and emissions associated with collection, transportation, and incineration. As well as making better use of kitchen waste, wormeries produce a rich compost, AND generate a nutritious liquid fertiliser.

What does a wormery look like?

Wormeries are made up of separate layers. The worms are able to move between the layers through small holes in the base of each layer. Image 2 shows the bottom layer. The worms have already worked their way through the kitchen waste in this layer, leaving some beautiful, rich compost in their wake! The worms have moved their way up to the layer pictured in image 3, where they are hard at work making more compost. If you look closely, you can see the worms and half-munched eggshells! Image 4 shows the top layer, where our kitchen waste is deposited.

A photo of a womery outside

What can I put in a wormery?

The list below aims to ensure the health of the worms in your wormery and the compost that they generate.

No thank you!

  • Teabags (many contain plastic)
  • Citrus fruits
  • Meat, fish, bones
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Dairy products
  • Greasy foods
  • Oil

Yes please!  

  • Vegetables (except onion & garlic) 
  • Fruits (non-citrus) 
  • Bread 
  • Rice 
  • Pasta 
  • Flowers 
  • Cereals 
  • Crushed eggshells 
  • Cakes 
  • Cardboard 
  • Shredded paper 

How do I set up a wormery? 

If you would like to set up your own wormery, BBC Gardeners World Magazine provides a step-by-step guide to help you set up a wormery. 

Setting Up a Wormery – BBC Gardeners World Magazine 

If you’d like to experiment with a small scale wormery, the Woodland Trust provides instructions for creating a wormery in jar to help children discover the wonder of worms! 

How to Make a Wormery – Woodland Trust