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Garden Organic and Peabody Master Gardener

Garden Organic and Peabody launch Master Gardener scheme across London estates

Could you be a Master Gardener and encourage your neighbours to have a go at growing food?

Garden Organic has joined forces with Housing association Peabody to launch a network of Master Gardeners to encourage Peabody residents to start growing food on their estates in London. Master Gardeners are volunteer food-growing mentors who will be supporting tenants on five estates to start growing some of their own organic fruit and vegetables. They’ll be offering advice and encouraging residents to give growing a go as part of a healthy, active lifestyle.

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Glyphosate vote delayed, yet again

The European Union on Thursday delayed a vote on renewing sales approval for the pesticide glyphosate, used in Monsanto's weed-killer Roundup, amid a transatlantic row over whether it may cause cancer.

Experts from the EU's 28 nations had been due to vote on a proposal, seen by Reuters, to extend by nine years licensing of the herbicide, widely used by farmers and gardeners.

EU sources said the vote was postponed due to opposition in France and Germany, which have big farming and chemicals industries.

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health benefits of gardening

Report calls for greater integration of gardening in NHS & public health policy

A new report commissioned by the NGS from The King’s Fund calls for greater recognition and integration of gardens in NHS and public health policy.

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horticultural therpay in dementia care

Helping people to think differently about dementia

Yesterday we hosted an event with national social enterprise Dementia Adventure, to explore the knowledge and skills required to support people living with dementia to get outdoors, connect with nature and retain a sense of adventure in their lives.

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Ministers reject plan for the ‘emergency’ use of banned bee-harming pesticides

National Farming Union’s application for banned pesticide use on oil seed rape crops is rejected as government rules against neonicotinoids for the first time.

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Members enjoy a sunny AGM at The Green Britain Centre

On 12th May over 110 members joined the Garden Organic team at The Green Britain Centre for the charity’s Annual General Meeting and Members’ Day.

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Garden Organic appoints new Chair of trustees

New Chair of Trustees appointed at Garden Organic

Following an open election at the beginning of the year, the Garden Organic Board of Trustees has appointed Martin Stott, life member and keen organic grower, to the position of Chair of Trustees.

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Earthworm Watch

Earthworm Watch

Earthworms are the organic growers' best friends. Did you know, there are 27 species in the UK, and healthy farmland will have up to one and three quarter million worms per acre.

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Composting workshop Ryton Organic Gardens

Compost celebration a resounding success

At the beginning of May we celebrated the virtues of composting as part of International Compost Awareness Week by calling upon our network of volunteer Master Composters, members and supporters to go out into their local communities and share the message of composting at home.

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Growing from your Roots project

Growing From Your Roots

Garden Organic’s Growing from your Roots (GFYR) project has been busy working with a wide range of community groups in the West Midlands, helping to spread the word about how to grow exotic crops in the UK.

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