Another great Edible Garden Show for Garden Organic

Sowing seeds at The Edible Garden Show

The Edible Garden Show, held at Alexandra Palace on 20th – 22nd March, proved another great show for Garden Organic.

The charity’s membership team, supported by local Master Gardener volunteers, attended the show to raise awareness of the work of the charity and the benefits of growing organically.

The team were also joined by staff from the Food Growing Schools: London project on the Friday, who made paper pots and sowed seeds with local school children as part of the project’s aim to support every London school to become a food growing school.

The show was a great opportunity to chat to our members, and encourage new members to join, and we were really pleased with the response we received.

Also at the show, one of Garden Organic’s longest-serving staff members, Eric Barnes, was recognised for the additional voluntary work he undertakes with the Growth horticultural therapy project, winning the Volunteer of the Year Award. Eric was at the show to collect the award, accompanied by Garden Organic Horticultural Therapist Elaine Hibbs and Ryton Organic Gardener Marc Hammond, who nominated him for the award. The award winner was selected by James Wong, who also presented the award.

When explaining why he chose Eric as the winner, James said: "It was both the length of service and commitment in the face of adversity that made the winner stand out. What a hero!"

Ever humble, Eric said "It is an honour to be selected for this award, but I still can't comprehend that there isn't anyone else more worthy of it.

"I've been involved in horticultural therapy for a long time now and I still get a buzz out of it. All of the people in our group have been coming here for years, so you get to know them really well. We're just a team. I get as much out of it as they do - gardening is therapeutic for all of us."

You can read more information on the Growth horticultural therapy project here.

The dates for the 2016 show are due to be announced on their website soon.

Thursday, 26 March 2015