News

Wishing all of our members a productive growing year...

The Heritage Seed Library has now completed all seed orders for this year, dispatching around 20,000 packets of heritage seed to our members to grow and enjoy. Members were able to choose from 158 varieties on offer this year, with Kent Blue pea a particular favourite.

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Master Gardeners

Leicestershire master Gardeners are recruiting for volunteers!

Leicestershire Master Gardeners have received the good news that their contract has been renewed for the next three years with Leicestershire County Council Public Health. Due to this news they are now recruiting for new volunteers across Leicestershire.

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EU advises that glyphosate is safe - despite independent research findings

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has announced that glyphosate is not carcinogenic - despite the reports of over 90 independent scientists, evidence of cancer in two separate studies on mice, and a classification from the IARC (International Agency for Research into Cancer) that the chemical is 'probably carcinogenic'.

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New Study Shows Sequence of Exposure to Pesticides Affects Toxicity

For the first time scientists have proved that pesticides interact - even when they have different chemical make up and are applied at different times. This results in a build-up of related damage in surrounding wildlife.

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golding growing buddies; inspiring wellbeing award; community growing

Golding Growing Buddies win top award

Garden Organic’s Golding Growing Buddies project has topped the Community category in the inaugural Inspiring Wellbeing Awards. The Wellbeing Awards recognise the very best, innovating and inspiring interactions within the field of wellbeing.

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food growing schools london; food growing; organic growing; school garden

School growing project gets green light to continue

We are delighted to announce plans to build on the fantastic achievements of the Food Growing Schools: London project by continuing to promote food growing in London schools.

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Helping out feathered friends

February is an exciting time in the garden for bird watchers. Our feathered friends are busy nesting and mating, and now is the best time to spot them, before the trees come into leaf.

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Three Counties Orchard champion project

Mad about orchards?

For the past year seventeen enthusiastic volunteers from across the Three Counties (Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire) have been enjoying an Orchard Champions course. In return for five days free training they have been helping us to promote traditional orchards and local varieties.

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tomatillo citizen science

Last call for organic experimenters!

Each year we run at least three citizen science research projects to further organic growing knowledge. We select a range of projects, based on elements of organic growing where we think knowledge is lacking or out of date, and invite members to take part by carrying out experiments in their own garden or allotment. Now in its 59th year, our citizen science is as relevant as ever, and a great way to contribute to the wealth of knowledge on organic growing.

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Young Horticulturist of the Year Competition 2017 launched

This year the Young Horticulturist of the Year competition returns to its roots for the 27th annual competition final. The Grand Final is to be held on May 6th at the University Centre Shrewsbury. Shrewsbury was home to Percy Thrower whose Trust provides an impressive £2500 travel bursary to the competition winner each year, alongside major sponsorship from the Shropshire Horticultural Society.

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