We are currently staying at Monkton Wyld Court and I've decided, having sat/crouched on a few, that they could well have the finest compost bog in the country. "Such a bold claim" I hear permies far and wide protest. Well, you show us yours and here (courtesy of Lynden) is a bit about theirs:
- locally sourced (1/4 mile) and cut larch construction,
- ever-warm seat from Kernowrat (no fair weather alfresco pooing here),
- harvested and filtered rain-water for hand washing which is reused to flush the urine pipe,
- south-facing effluent flue which heats to carry odour away,
- wind-up light and radio (currently Radio 2 to keep things moving) at child height,
- flip-down step for little users,
- wheelie bin collection of poo which enjoys a short down-hill trip to the three bay / three year thermophilic (it's what the man said)
- composting chambers (maths for this available on request) and
- stunning leafy views.
Finally, I'm particularly fond of the fact that on three stays here, I have never had to wait. The loo is always vacant – though, of course, there's a seat for when it isn't. Why there should be such an ease of access is hard to fathom. I can only assume that the god of humanure is well, pleased with what he sees and divinely orders comings and goings.
Like all good perma things it turns out this loo was the final product of a good long think followed by a two-weekend two-part design and build course and help from friends like Malcom Drew. More impressive off-mains loos are planned to replace the remaining flushers on site and I'm told that a compost loo building course is happening at Monkton at the end of September. Splendid.
Have you got a compost loo worth sharing with the world? Send us some pictures (no poo pics please!), introduce it and give the reasons why it is the best to hayley [at] permaculture [dot] co [dot] uk.
The readers favourite (as voted for on our facebook page) will win a voucher* worth £50 for a course at the Sustainability Centre and if your loo is featured in our top 5 on the website you could win this luminous toilet roll from The Glow Company, perfect for the off-grid loo user!
The closing date is 30th September 2011 so get snappin'!
* The voucher is valid on any course at the Sustainability Centre held in 2012. It is redeemable on one course only.