Wormeries are a great way to educate people on the value and importance of worms with modern agricultural methods having reduced worms by around 40%.

Scott Baxter

Scott has been involved in vermiculture for some time and has recently been operating under the name of Newburgh Worms.

Vermiculture is the process of cultivating worms in order to breakdown organic waste. In breaking down the organic waste, the worms excrete vermicompost, which is a great source of fertilizer that is both environmentally friendly and very low carbon to produce.

As a worm enthusiast he has been developing and establishing wormeries in his garden for years, sharing his experience through the Newburgh Worms Facebook page. He uses waste plastic containers from the brewing industry and waste insulated pallet boxes from the fishing industry to house his wormeries.

For the substrate, Scott takes out of date food and coffee grounds from the likes of CFINE and Costcutters which he also mixes with waste cardboard and textiles in suitable quantities.

Scott started Newburgh Worms as a hobby but is currently being inundated by interest from other worm enthusiasts looking to buy containers plus offers of plastic containers and food waste. He's also had interest in the high quality fertiliser and in the worms themselves for the angling community which currently have to get them from the North of England.

He is now working with Business Gateway and others to look at scaling up operations at a site near Peterhead which would make it the first large scale facility of its kind in Scotland.