• UK rivers heavily contaminated by pesticides

    Eight rivers in England are heavily contaminated with neonicotinoid pesticides (neonics) that threaten insects, fish and birds. Two of the rivers, the Waveney between Norfolk and Suffolk, and the Tame in the West Midlands, had an “acute level” of pollution, according to tests conducted by the Environment Agency. Neonics are used by farmers and are known to threaten bees and other crucial pollinators. Although some were banned on 2013, the ban only exists on flowering crops, such as oil seed rape.

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  • Frost in the garden

    Many gardeners across the UK woke up to heavy frost this morning. We recorded -11 degrees at Ryton last night! Here's some information on how to deal with Nature's beautiful, but deadly, ice maker.

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  • Is your garden a treasure trove of underused resources?

    We know plants provide food – healthy vegetables, herbs and fruit.  But what else can gardeners grow them for?  There are so many other uses for the plants found commonly in British garden, including dyes, medicines, materials and general household use.  Brambles, nettles and calendula may not reach the plate, but have been used for centuries in other ways in the household.


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  • Our Founder

    Lawrence Hills, a freelance journalist and keen organic grower, founded our organisation in 1954. He was passionate about promoting the potential of the herb comfrey as a natural fertiliser and the benefits of organic growing as a whole.