Brits Advised to Spend a Penny on Their Gardens

pee bales 2The National Trust is encouraging their gardeners to urinate on bales of straw.  A three-meter-long "pee bale" has been established at Wimpole Hall; gardeners visit the bale when nature calls (and when visitors are not present, because "we don't want to scare the public.")  The bales are later added to the compost heap.

Only male gardeners are participating, in part because of some dubious claims regarding gender-based differences in urine:  "There are obvious logistical benefits to limiting it to male members of the team, but also male pee is preferable to women's, as the male stuff is apparently less acidic."

A secondary benefit is anticipated in terms of water conservation:
“An average flush of the lavatory can use anything from four and a half to nine litres of water each time, but what people may not realise is that this water is treated to the same standard as drinking water and shouldn’t be wasted."  Urinating outdoors or in the shower is advocated by environmental activists, including Cameron Diaz, as a way of tacking climate change by saving water and energy.

They are tentatively encouraging the public to follow their lead: "“Adding a little pee just helps get it all going; it’s totally safe and a bit of fun too."

Links for the Telegraph and the BBC (where there is an explanatory video).

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I don't do it to save the world, I do it 'cos it makes better compost. The marigolds in our conservatory window box were nearly 4' tall this year. A mistake we won't be repeating - you couldn't see much of the garden.
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@Skip. I like the idea of a rain-fed tank myself. I'm looking to filter and feed it to the washing machine.

I'm sure this is great water saver but peeing on hay won't save the world. I hope the cows don't get any. :p
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Our downstairs loo uses just over a litre on half-flush and is rain-fed anyway so water isn't so much an issue in this house - but when the compost heap's too dry I give it a little sprinkle from time to time.

But not at the allotment - wouldn't want to frighten the ladies.
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Let's do some math. The BBC article says that 10 out of 70 male gardeners are doing this, resulting in a 30% saving of water. So, if all of the male gardeners did this, they would save 210% of the water they now use, possibly resulting in some sort of flood?
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