Policy & Campaigning

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Since 1958, Garden Organic has worked to protect the rich, interdependent, diverse life that makes up our gardens and growing spaces. Where we feel it is necessary, we campaign for change. We lobby governments and engage with corporations whenever we feel their actions threaten the organic principles. And we will continue to do so - as the voice of those who care about our planet and a sustainable way of growing.

Our campaigns, past and present, include:

Peatbogs are not only a valuable store of carbon gases, but also rare habitats which host specific plants and animal life. Destroying them for the sake of extracting peat for use in the garden is eco-vandalism and simply not necessary. Garden Organic has campaigned for over 30 years to urge the government not to renege on its targets to ban peat in horticulture. See For Peat’s Sake. We are proud that they and the horticultural trade is listening at last. 

The use of artificial and toxic chemicals to kill pests is fundamentally opposed to the principles of organic growing. Garden Organic works closely with other organisations, such as PAN UK and the Soil Association, lobbying government to reduce pesticide use. 

  • We have fought for a ban on the weed killer, glyphosate. See Glyphosate and Glyphosate Campaign success.  
  • We are taking action on aminopyralids (persistent broadleaf weed killer used by farmers and in lawn care products).  
  • We have argued for the reduction in use of neonicotinoids (an insecticide used by farmers and in garden products). See Neonics and our support in the fight against them
  • We are campaigning for supermarkets to take pesticides off their shelves.

And we continue to lobby the government to make significant reductions in pesticide use, as outlined in their 2021 National Action Plan.

Plant Reproductive Materials - EU Regulation Proposals 
Our Heritage Seed Library is often under threat from major organisations including the large seed producers, who are trying to get new legislation to control the ownership of seeds through European Parliament. Find out more here