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Composting Worms UK

The Past


Worms Direct was established in 1999 initially we had the simple aim of becoming the leading company in the supply of worms to the fishing industry and the relatively new, worm composting business, why?  because the interest in worms and their place in the environment was already being researched in our plant nursery and compost supply business that had been established for the previous 20 years. The benefit of worms and the part they play in successful plant growth, particularly in open ground such as landscaping, agriculture etc is unquestionably massive yet little understood, particularly in the UK.

The quantities of worms being imported from abroad purely for the fishing industry is also huge so it made sense to grow the worms, continue researching the use in horticulture, agriculture and recycling and supply the growing market for worms. From the onset the challenge was to supply via mail order and the internet, making purchasing simple, quick and secure, without losing the personal touch.


The Present

For some years the mainstay of the business was to supply worms for fishing and green waste recycling, particularly on a domestic level but with the rapid growth of interest in the use of worms in the environment, other avenues have been successfully explored, Worms Direct are now major suppliers of earthworms for the rejuvenation of depleted soils, both in domestic and large scale usage. With these worms now being commercially available there has also been a big rise in their use as alternative live feeds by zoos particularly where the creatures being fed are “fussy” We now supply most of the major zoos in the UK and are particularly proud to be involved with organisations that have breeding programmes for  endangered species.

The domestic market has also seen a significant rise in the desire to feed our declining bird population and wildlife, the keeping of more exotic pets, lizards, snakes, amphibians etc these creatures need a much more specialized diet, traditionally they have been fed on things such as mealworms, crickets and locusts, sometimes these are not suitable and increasingly the humble earthworm is found to be a more suitable alternative.


The Future.

Fishing worms are a major part of our business and we continually develop better methods of storing, conditioning and delivering our worms.
From the very beginning Worms Direct has been involved with the process of composting organic waste using worms, the domestic market has seen a big rise in the use of wormeries but despite the numbers and different types on the market the perfect wormery has yet to be designed but we are working on it!

The compost produced from worm worked waste is known as vermicompost when this is digested further by worms the final product is worm casts, there has been much research into the value of both the compost and the casts for use in agriculture and horticulture, the results show that these products will have an increasingly important part to play in the use of organic and environmentally friendly growing mediums and plant treatments and this side of the business will continue to be researched and we expect to play a major part in this in the future.

Company Services

  • Worms for wildlife
  • Worms for soil improvement
  • Worms for birds
  • Wormeries
  • Worm composting
  • Worm compost
  • Worm casts
  • Domestic Use Composting Worms
  • Composting
  • Compost tea brewing
  • Compost tea brewers
  • Commercial Use Composting Worms

Worms Direct UK

Worms Direct UK



Nr Maldon

Essex United Kingdom


Tel: 01245 381933


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