Compost Residency @ Bethnal Green Nature Reserve/ Phytology


During our residency at Bethnal Green Nature Reserve from 2018 - 2019, we co-designed and built a new accessible all-gender compost toilet, creating humanure and liquid fertilisers to support soil care on the site and in the local area.

Alongside this we built four different connected composting systems including a wormery, leaf mould pile, and three-bay system. To help build interest, conversation and connection to these living systems (which need humans as well as a myriad of other creatures to make them work!), we ran a programme of talks, workshops, and making sessions for the public; learning together about plumbing, soil science, fermentation, irrigation, accessibility and the art and science of composting!

To find out more about our co-design process, click here.

A small wooden cladded building surrounded by trees with door slightly ajar
someone with bare feet and tattoos planes a plank of wood on a red table in a wooded setting
a piece of wood clamped to a table with wood shavings surrounding it. A smartphone is also visible along with feet and hands in motion
forearms and hands shaping large round clay dish on red table
large pot of red / orange kimchi held lovingly by Nayoung Jeong, 2 people are standing in the background
woodland area with black shed, billboard and two small red/pink structures (a wormery and compost bays)
to heads with black hair bowed over clay pot that they are burying in the ground
3 people hold a long plant of wood on a carpentry table in woodland setting, whilst 1 person holds a saw
raised open wooden structure under-construction in dappled light in woodland setting. Under the structure is a chamber
red/pink stack of rectangular boxes with black roof with the word 'Worms' written in tape. The boxes have compartments with handles (windows), and a tap is visible at the bottom.
raised open wooden structure under construction in wooded setting with autumn leaves on the ground, a clear polycarbonate roof is being attached, and a ladder is standing on the floor. Under the structure are two brick chambers with a low brick wall separating them, and a blackboard which reads "compost toilet jobs" followed by a list
interior of compost toilet shows pink toilet box, basin, rainwater collection tank, shelves with books and pots on and an orangey vessel which is an all-gender urinal / 'liquid loo'
3 pink/ red compost bays with lids, tucked behind a billboard, black water butt to the side
a person digs with a spade, white pipe appears under the ground surrounded by gravel, open empty compost toilet chambers in the background with a 'caution' building cone to the side
interior of compost toilet, shows pink toilet box with grey lid. On top of the lid is a terracotta vase with colourful flowers in it. The toilet has metal hand rails on either side and a black board reads: "You can help keep our toilet beautiful and accessible by:" followed by a list. On the right is toilet roll attached to a pink box and the edge of a white basin