• apple identification

    2018 DNA Fingerprinting Scheme launched for apples, pears and cherries

    The project has announced that following the success of their schemes in 2016 and 2017, they are offering DNA analysis of Apple, Pear and Cherry fruit trees for 2018 at £26 plus VAT per sample. The world-renowned research organisation NIAB-EMR at East Malling in Kent, will provide the DNA analysis through their laboratory, East Malling Services Ltd: the National Fruit Collection will review the results; and Peter Laws of will administer the scheme.

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  • Garden Organic welcomes European visitors

    Garden Organic last month gave European visitors an insight into its successful social and therapy gardening projects over a week-long visit.

    The delegates from Switzerland, Italy, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Slovenia all work for charities running similar projects in their own countries. We have a chance to learn from each other through a three-year project called Towards Mutual Understanding with Nature, funded by Erasmus+.

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  • Ryton Gardens Q&A - April 2018

    To help address some of the common questions around the current review process of the site at Ryton, below are a selection of the questions we have been asked in recent weeks, with our responses.

    If you have any queries not covered here, or want to let us know your view, please do continue to send them to

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  • Our Founder

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