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B&Q announce ban on growers treating any flowering plants with neonicotinoid pesticides

To help support wildlife and address the declining bee population, home improvement retailer B&Q announced its flowering plant range, available from February 2018, will be grown free from all neonicotinoid pesticides.

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One man & his plot

One Man & his organic plot - Part Four

So suddenly the summer arrives, with blistering heat and I find my work day gaining an hour as keeping the plants on my allotment watered becomes a necessity.

I will confess after coming all the way back from Gardeners World Live, in Birmingham the idea at 8pm that I’ve got to leg to the allotment, does feel like a bit of a chore. However, it needs to be done and once down there it turns into the most pleasant hour of the day. I do enjoy talking to people in my day to day work but an hour with my plants can’t be beaten, especially now I am transporting them to the dinner table.

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One man & his plot

One Man & his organic plot - Part Three

Summer is finally here and all of Chris's hard work over the past couple of months has finally paid off...

It’s probably the most stressful month for a gardener in some respects. The buzz of spring is in full flow as April ends and anticipation of the growing season ahead sets in. It really is an exciting time. I was busy seed sowing in the first few months and my rather adventurous nature always leads me to having plenty of plants on the go, from bedding plants to vegetable heritage plants, my flat became full.

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Major advances in the fight against neonics

This week, two important steps have been made in the fight to rid our gardens and countryside of damaging neonicotinoid insecticides.

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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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One man & his organic plot

Our Head of Organic Horticulture, Chris Collins takes us on his allotment journey...

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Wishing all of our members a productive growing year...

The Heritage Seed Library has now completed all seed orders for this year, dispatching around 20,000 packets of heritage seed to our members to grow and enjoy. Members were able to choose from 158 varieties on offer this year, with Kent Blue pea a particular favourite.

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Master Gardeners

Leicestershire master Gardeners are recruiting for volunteers!

Leicestershire Master Gardeners have received the good news that their contract has been renewed for the next three years with Leicestershire County Council Public Health. Due to this news they are now recruiting for new volunteers across Leicestershire.

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EU advises that glyphosate is safe - despite independent research findings

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has announced that glyphosate is not carcinogenic - despite the reports of over 90 independent scientists, evidence of cancer in two separate studies on mice, and a classification from the IARC (International Agency for Research into Cancer) that the chemical is 'probably carcinogenic'.

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