advising farmers on the Somerset Levels are recommending
importing millions of earthworms to return flooded land to good
numbers of Earthworms, trapped in land that was under water for
extended periods of time, died from suffocation last winter because
the earth was denied oxygen.
of the country’s suppliers of leading worms has estimated
that 24,000 worms – at a cost of £2,000 – will
be needed to resuscitate each acre!
years ago, Somerset council distributed 100s of 1000s of plastic
compost bins to households throughout the County. As the compost
from these bins is now on (or currently being applied) gardens and
allotments the last couple of inches of earth underneath them will
be packed full of earthworms. Somerset Cider Vinegar
says ‘let’s start collecting them’.
if families started composting but lost interest in the project
the organic matter left in their bin should be full of worms.
farmers should leave containers and notices at farm gates requesting
that the public deposit these rich ‘resources’ in them.
Will help from social media we could all make a difference.