The truth about pesticide use in the UK

Claims are often made that pesticide use is reducing in the UK. Usually by those in the pro-pesticide camp to support their argument that there is no need for stricter regulation. But does this really hold up under close scrutiny?

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Ryton Gardens update - March 2018

Please find below an update sent to Garden Organic members in March with the Spring/Summer issue of The Organic Way.

Dear Member,

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Government urged to commit to expanding organic food and farming to ensure a Green Brexit

The English Organic Forum, of which Garden Organic is a member, has written to Michael Gove highlighting that the UK is lagging behind its major European competitors in the development of organic food and farming.

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Garden Organic and PAN UK working together

Garden Organic, the country’s leading organic growing charity, and PAN UK (Pesticides Action Network UK), the only UK charity focused on tackling the problems caused by pesticides, are pleased to announce their close working relationship. Both organisations actively campaign to promote safe and sustainable alternatives to pesticides. 

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One man & his organic plot

One man & his organic plot is back for a new season!

One man and his organic plot has returned for another season. Chris will be on hand delivering his advice throughout the season. He'll guide us through his growing projects and will be keeping us updated on the progression of his much loved allotment.

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Cumbria Master Composter team

Cumbria composting project gets green light to grow

We are delighted to announce that our award-winning Master Composter project has just been granted a year’s extension to branch out into new regions of Cumbria.

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Additional Xylella control measures introduced

Additional measures to control the disease Xylella fastidiosa came into effect on March 1st throughout the EU.

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Are you composting your tea bags?

Tea leaves are a good addition to the compost heap.  However, tea bags are not. We have updated our advice on composting tea bags, with the knowledge that most bags include very small amounts of plastic.

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EU safety agency concludes that neonic pesticides are a threat to bees

In a new and comprehensive report, The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), confirms that neonicotinoid pesticides seriously affect pollinators such as bees. This report will boost the call for tighter regulation of the chemicals.
The current EU/UK ban on just three neonics ran out last year. Garden Organic has consistently campaigned for the ban to be extended.  “This report certainly strengthens the case for further restrictions on neonicotinoid use,” writes Prof Dave Goulson of the University of Sussex, Brighton.

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Further update on the Ryton site – 22nd February 2018

Further to the statement below, posted on Tuesday 13th February, we can confirm that we have now received a number of expressions of interest in our site at Ryton, from wide ranging sources and for a variety of purposes.

At the moment these expressions of interest contain only headline information with minimal detail. The next step will be to meet with interested parties and begin discussions to understand the detail behind each one. This will be a complex and potentially lengthy process but as and when we have any further updates we will continue to publish them on our website.

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