EU Seeds

EU Seed Regulation continues to be discussed by EU today

Garden Organic has learned that the EU Seed Regulation continues to be discussed by the European Commission today, Tuesday 16th December, at 3.00pm.

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Christmas message from Chief Executive, James Campbell

As we reach the end of another year, we can look back with pride to our achievements in 2014. A busy year, 2014 marked a numer of key milestones for organic growing; in our campaigning and advocacy work we successfully led UK organic organisations working with European partners to defeat the EU Commission's attempt to over-regulate seeds and plant reproductive materials. We were contributors to the protection of organic pollination through our participation in DEFRA's National Pollinator Strategy, and we continue to campaign for an ongoing ban on neonicotinoids.

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Turnip radish

2015 Heritage Seed Library catalogue due soon!

Our Heritage Seed Library team have been busy behind the scenes putting together the 2015 seed list. This year’s selection is better than ever, with 20 new varieties including a white radish dating back to at least 1842!

The final preparations are now being made to send this out to our Heritage Seed Library members and the schedule for ordering is below:

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Royal Visit

Royal Appointment for National Heritage Garden

HRH The Prince of Wales, Patron, Garden Organic visited the National Heritage Garden in the grounds of Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons on Friday, 21st November. The Prince of Wales was accompanied by Garden Organic Vice Presidents, Raymond Blanc OBE, Susan Hampshire, Thelma Barlow along with Garden Organic Ambassadors and staff.

The National Heritage Garden at Le Manoir is run in partnership with Garden Organic’s Heritage Seed Library (HSL) and was opened by Michelin Starred Chef Raymond Blanc in June this year, to showcase rare heritage vegetables from the Heritage Seed Library.

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Save our Seeds

Garden Organic joined forces to Save our Seeds

Garden Organic joined forces with NGOs from all over Europe at a meeting in Vienna entitled How to Protect our Seeds, from Friday 14th - Sunday 16th November..

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Animal and Plant Agency

Government launches combined Animal and Plant Agency

A combined agency has been launched to ensure that the government is better equipped to prevent the spread of animal and plant diseases.

The Animal and Plant Health Agency began on 1 October 2014 in a bid to better equip the government to prevent the spread of animal and plant diseases, and to respond to emergencies.

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orange tomato

HSL launches competition to name the Heritage Tomato variety

Garden Organic's Heritage Seed Library (HSL) has launched a competition to name their latest variety of Heritage Tomato.

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Joan Walley MP

Joan Walley MP chairs seminar at Garden Organic

Joan Walley MP, Chair of the Environment Audit Select Committee chaired P. Sainath's seminar; "When farmers die: Inequality and agrarian distress" here at Garden Organic, in Coventry last week.

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National Pollinator Strategy

DEFRA announces launch of the National Pollinator Strategy

Garden Organic welcomes the government's launch of the National Pollinator Strategy for England. The Department of Food and Rural Affairs' (DEFRA) strategy sets out a ten year plan to help pollinating insects survive and thrive.

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Ordsall Hall

Northern Organic groups meet GO at Ordsall Hall, Salford

As one of a series of meetings with representatives of local organic groups around the country, Garden Organic team members James Campbell, Rebecca Witcomb and Suzanne Goldby met leaders of a range of northern organic groups at Ordsall Hall in Salford, to discuss how to work better together and what Garden Organic could best do to promote and support organic growing locally.

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