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DEFRA lifts ban on neonics

DEFRA lifts ban on neonics

Garden Organic is dismayed to learn that DEFRA has granted permission to farmers to begin using neonicotinoids again on rape seed oil crops from this autumn. The Government granted this temporary derogation, following pressure from the National Farmers Union (NFU), who recently submitted a second emergency application for their use.

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London Major, Boris Johnson at School Market Place

City Hall hosts School’s Marketplace for a second year

The Mayor of London’s Food Programme team opened the doors of the prestigious City Hall to welcome ten London schools to hold their very own Schools Marketplace on Thursday 9th July 2015. The event was a mouth-watering showcase for delicious food grown in London’s schools from jams and chutneys, to salads, herbs, cordials, dips and more. The Schools Marketplace, was the grand finale of Grow Your Own Picnic 2015, a term-long celebration of food growing in London schools.

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Rob Smith - Winner BBC's Big Allotment Challenge

BBC's Big Allotment Challenge winner visits Ryton Organic Gardens

Rob Smith winner of the BBC’s Big Allotment Challenge enjoyed a visit to Ryton Organic Gardens today, Friday 19th June.

Rob, one of our Heritage Seed Library (HSL) Seed Guardians, was seen on the BBC series earlier this year growing and showing our HSL varieties including Trifetti chilli and Boothby's blonde cucumber. His inspiration for growing these varieties began back in his childhood.

Rob says: “I began growing heritage varieties when I realised that the produce I’d grown with my Grandad had much more flavour – the taste takes me back to my childhood.

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Gardeners' Question Time visit

Garden Organic shares its expertise on BBC Gardeners' Question Time

The Garden Organic team were delighted to welcome BBC Gardeners’ Question Time to Ryton Organic Gardens on, Monday 15th June, for a recording of the post bag edition of the flagship Radio 4 gardening programme.

The programme’s Chair, Eric Robson, presenters; Bob Flowerdew, Pippa Greenwood and Matthew Wilson joined Garden Organic’s Horticultural experts; Bob Sherman, Sally Cunningham and Anton Rosenfeld to answer questions sent in by Gardeners' Question Time listeners.

James Campbell, Chief Executive, Garden Organic said:

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Gardening Scotland

Scottish growers turn out in force at Gardening Scotland

At the end of May we attended Gardening Scotland at the Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh, supported by a team of enthusiastic members. The show gave us a great opportunity to talk about the work of the charity, encourage more people to grow organically and invite new people to support our charitable work by becoming members.

Despite the cold and windy weather, almost 33,000 people visited the three day show, and many stopped by our stand in the Living Garden area to say hello.

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Cape Teaser

Winning title for Heritage Seed Library tomato

Congratulations to James Pollard winner of our Heritage Seed Library (HSL) competition to name our latest variety of Heritage tomato with the title "Cape Teaser".

When the tomato seeds were sent was sent in by a member from Taunton they was nameless, so it was given the working name ‘Orange’. This year the variety underwent trials to assess its suitability for inclusion in the collection and has now been officially accepted. Cape Teaser will be available in the 2016 catalogue for our HSL members, from December.

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Growing From Your Roots

Garden Organic awarded Growing From Your Roots project

Garden Organic is delighted to announce it’s been awarded £71,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund towards the Growing From Your Roots project.

The project will document the stories behind the exotic crop plants being grown by multi-cultural communities in and around Birmingham and the West Midlands. The project will look at how this produce first came to be grown in the UK, the challenges of growing in the British climate and the importance of growing these crops, to individuals and communities.

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Courses Ryton Organic Gardens and CAT

New partnership announced by Garden Organic and the Centre for Alternative Technology

Two of the UK's leading organisations pioneering organic methods of gardening are joining forces to offer a range of interesting courses to the general public. Garden Organic and the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) will be exchanging courses throughout 2015, covering a range of topics such as composting, organic gardening, building a garden bench, making a compost toilet and a beginners guide to renewable energy.

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Incredible Edible Leamington

Garden Organic team up with Incredible Edible Leamington

Last Tuesday, 21st April, Garden Organic's 'Grow and Eat' staff teamed up with Incredible Edible Leamington, volunteers who run a number of community gardens around Leamington Spa.

Members of the public and local people were given the produce from the gardens and shown the community garden, which is in raised beds in Regent Grove in the centre of Leamington.

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Growing Enterprises April

News from Garden Organic's Growing Enterprise Project - April

The Growing Enterprise project enjoyed a flurry of seed sowing before the Easter holidays and came back to their greenhouse and garden to find that Spring has definitely sprung. Herbs and vegetables seeds are getting ready for going out into the garden and the winter crops, like spring cabbages, are finishing up nicely ready for harvest to make some room for them. The groups have planted their potatoes in large bags and are watching for the shoots to appear so they can be earthed up.

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