Horticultural therapy January

Therapeutic Horticulture projects making most of mild January

January is a busy time of the year for our Social and Therapeutic Horticulture (STH) projects. Our adult group has been working in the Growth Therapy Garden tidying the borders and cutting back some of the plants to allow the spring growth to grow through. With the mild winter temperatures that we've been experiencing there's also plenty of weeding to do too!

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Golding Homes Community Garden project launch

A community grows amongst the raised beds

In the UK there are over 200 Garden Organic supported Master Gardeners, that’s over 200 passionate and enthusiastic growers helping people live healthier, happier lives through organic growing. In this issue we discover how one such Garden Organic supported project has helped create a community in a housing estate in Kent.

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White campion

New research exposes secret cocktail of toxic pesticides in hedgerows and wildflowers

Scientists at Sussex University have discovered that bees are exposed to a chemical cocktail when feeding from wildflowers growing next to neonicotinoid treated crops in UK farmland. These chemical cocktails could make the impact of neonicotinoids up to 1000 times more potent than previously realised.

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Food Buddies

Meet Croydon’s first Food Buddies

Croydon’s first Food Buddies are trained and ready to get out and about in the borough and share their enthusiasm for good-for-you meals.

They are taking the message that adding some home-grown goodness to your diet doesn’t need to be tricky. Anyone can have a mini-garden on their windowsill, and small additions like herbs, shoots and sprouts can make a huge taste difference to what you eat.

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Master Composter

Calling all Coventry composters!

Do you compost at home? What to learn more? Help Coventry residents recycle more and become a Master Composter!

Garden Organic’s trained Master Composters have successfully been encouraging more Coventry residents to get composting over the past year. In partnership with Coventry City Council, Garden Organic is now looking for more people to volunteer as Master Composters this spring.

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Rye Hill Prison Garden

HMI report praises Garden Organic's prison garden

Garden Organic’s horticultural intervention programme at HMP Rye Hill has been praised in a HMI Inspectorate of Prisons Report. The HMI report pays tribute to the Recovery Garden as an important asset in assisting prisoners recovering from drug mis-use.

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Award winning Master Gardener project

Master Gardener-supported growing project 'outstanding'

The 3 Close Tenants group in Loughborough, supported by Master Gardener Helen Burgess, has been awarded a distinction in the RHS Britain in Bloom ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood‘ competition.

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Children in Need fun days for Warwickshire Carers at Ryton Organic Gardens

With BBC Children In Need funding, Garden Organic ran two fun and exciting days at Ryton Organic Gardens, for young carers, aged eight to twelve, who receive support from the Warwickshire Young Carers’ Project

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Glyphosate: European Food Standards Agency says it isn’t carcinogenic

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has announced that glyphosate (a chemical weedkiller) is unlikely to cause cancer. This is despite findings earlier this year, from the World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research into Cancer (IARC) that glyphosate is ‘probably carcinogenic’.

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Lampadino St Marzano tomato

Say hello to our new heritage vegetable varieties!

As the final preparations for the Heritage Seed Library (HSL) catalogue are underway, we’re thrilled to introduce 12 new vegetable varieties into the collection, with varieties originating less than ten miles from the HSL headquarters, to as far away as India.

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