Welcome. What are you using to wash them?
Welcome to the community Bearface. You found the site on the web to learn all about growing dreads and keeping them healthy. The papa bear of this site, Soaring Eagle, has a post to get you off to a great start: http://www.dreadlockssite.com/forum/topics/beginners-guide-to-starting-dreadlocks?xg_source=activity
There is a group on here that might interest you, it consists on other members from your neck of the woods:http://www.dreadlockssite.com/group/ukdreadlocks
please feel free to ask any questions you have, none are silly when it comes to dreadlocks...peace