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2016 Calendar launched

This year, to help raise funds for our charitable work, we are selling a 2016 calendar. The calendar is truly inspirational thanks to stunning photographs from our supporters.

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Jules' Nairn allotment

Garden Organic celebrates National Allotment Week by showcasing members' allotments

We’re celebrating National Allotment Week - 10th-16th August - by showcasing our members' allotments on social media this week, follow us using the #nationalallotmentweek.

Garden Organic member, Jules Marchant, has an allotment in the seaside town of Nairn in the Scottish Highlands.

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Members' experiments 2015 update

Members' Experiments 2015 Update

Many thanks to everyone who's taking part in this year’s members' experiments.

We still find the idea of pooling the knowledge from gardeners and growers around the country very exciting! To keep you updated, we’re providing progress report of how our trials are working out here, at Ryton Organic Gardens.

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DEFRA lifts ban on neonics

DEFRA lifts ban on neonics

Garden Organic is dismayed to learn that DEFRA has granted permission to farmers to begin using neonicotinoids again on rape seed oil crops from this autumn. The Government granted this temporary derogation, following pressure from the National Farmers Union (NFU), who recently submitted a second emergency application for their use.

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London Major, Boris Johnson at School Market Place

City Hall hosts School’s Marketplace for a second year

The Mayor of London’s Food Programme team opened the doors of the prestigious City Hall to welcome ten London schools to hold their very own Schools Marketplace on Thursday 9th July 2015. The event was a mouth-watering showcase for delicious food grown in London’s schools from jams and chutneys, to salads, herbs, cordials, dips and more. The Schools Marketplace, was the grand finale of Grow Your Own Picnic 2015, a term-long celebration of food growing in London schools.

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Rob Smith - Winner BBC's Big Allotment Challenge

BBC's Big Allotment Challenge winner visits Ryton Organic Gardens

Rob Smith winner of the BBC’s Big Allotment Challenge enjoyed a visit to Ryton Organic Gardens today, Friday 19th June.

Rob, one of our Heritage Seed Library (HSL) Seed Guardians, was seen on the BBC series earlier this year growing and showing our HSL varieties including Trifetti chilli and Boothby's blonde cucumber. His inspiration for growing these varieties began back in his childhood.

Rob says: “I began growing heritage varieties when I realised that the produce I’d grown with my Grandad had much more flavour – the taste takes me back to my childhood.

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Gardeners' Question Time visit

Garden Organic shares its expertise on BBC Gardeners' Question Time

The Garden Organic team were delighted to welcome BBC Gardeners’ Question Time to Ryton Organic Gardens on, Monday 15th June, for a recording of the post bag edition of the flagship Radio 4 gardening programme.

The programme’s Chair, Eric Robson, presenters; Bob Flowerdew, Pippa Greenwood and Matthew Wilson joined Garden Organic’s Horticultural experts; Bob Sherman, Sally Cunningham and Anton Rosenfeld to answer questions sent in by Gardeners' Question Time listeners.

James Campbell, Chief Executive, Garden Organic said:

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Gardening Scotland

Scottish growers turn out in force at Gardening Scotland

At the end of May we attended Gardening Scotland at the Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh, supported by a team of enthusiastic members. The show gave us a great opportunity to talk about the work of the charity, encourage more people to grow organically and invite new people to support our charitable work by becoming members.

Despite the cold and windy weather, almost 33,000 people visited the three day show, and many stopped by our stand in the Living Garden area to say hello.

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Sheepdrove AGM

Garden Organic welcomed more than 100 members to AGM

Garden Organic welcomed more than 100 members from across the country to the Annual General Meeting at Sheepdrove Organic Farm in Berkshire last Thursday, 14th May.

Chief Executive James Campbell shared Garden Organic’s key successes during the last year; from engaging with local organic groups, an increased presence at horticultural events, to the wider promotion of our Heritage Seed Library; as well as plans to celebrate the charity’s Diamond jubilee in 2018.

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Cape Teaser

Winning title for Heritage Seed Library tomato

Congratulations to James Pollard winner of our Heritage Seed Library (HSL) competition to name our latest variety of Heritage tomato with the title "Cape Teaser".

When the tomato seeds were sent was sent in by a member from Taunton they was nameless, so it was given the working name ‘Orange’. This year the variety underwent trials to assess its suitability for inclusion in the collection and has now been officially accepted. Cape Teaser will be available in the 2016 catalogue for our HSL members, from December.

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