• Top Tips for April

    • Soil care: If you have a patch which won't be cultivated until summer, sow a green manure to benefit the soil. Fenugreek or Phacelia tanacetifolia will germinate this month.
    • Flower: Hard-prune roses and remove dead leaves to clear away remaining black-spot spores.
    • Veg: Dig up potato plants from tubers left in the ground from last year, they could be carrying the potato blight fungus. They can be composted, but smash well first.

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  • Government refuses application for neonics use on oil seed rape

    On April 25th, George Eustice, the DEFRA Minister of State, refused to sanction use of insecticides which include neonicotinoids. Earlier this year, the NFU made an application for farmers to treat their oilseed rape with neonics, to destroy the flea beetle. However, neonics have been banned under EU law since 2013 because of the harm they do to bees and other beneficial insects.

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  • Organic Market Report 2017

    A recent report from the Soil Association reveals that the UK organic market increased by over 7% in 2016 to £2.09bn. This is the fifth consecutive year of growth. However, the amount of land farmed organically in the UK has declined.

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  • Farms could slash pesticide use without losses, research reveals

    Farms could slash pesticide use without losses, research reveals

    Study shows almost all farms could significantly cut chemical use while producing as much food, in a major challenge to the billion-dollar pesticide industry.

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Featured Person

  • Our Founder

    Lawrence Hills, a freelance journalist and keen organic grower, founded our organisation in 1954. He was passionate about promoting the potential of the herb comfrey as a natural fertiliser and the benefits of organic growing as a whole.