health benefits of gardening

Report calls for greater integration of gardening in NHS & public health policy

A new report commissioned by the NGS from The King’s Fund calls for greater recognition and integration of gardens in NHS and public health policy.

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horticultural therpay in dementia care

Helping people to think differently about dementia

Yesterday we hosted an event with national social enterprise Dementia Adventure, to explore the knowledge and skills required to support people living with dementia to get outdoors, connect with nature and retain a sense of adventure in their lives.

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Ministers reject plan for the ‘emergency’ use of banned bee-harming pesticides

National Farming Union’s application for banned pesticide use on oil seed rape crops is rejected as government rules against neonicotinoids for the first time.

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Garden Organic appoints new Chair of trustees

New Chair of Trustees appointed at Garden Organic

Following an open election at the beginning of the year, the Garden Organic Board of Trustees has appointed Martin Stott, life member and keen organic grower, to the position of Chair of Trustees.

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Earthworm Watch

Earthworm Watch

Earthworms are the organic growers' best friends. Did you know, there are 27 species in the UK, and healthy farmland will have up to one and three quarter million worms per acre.

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Composting workshop Ryton Organic Gardens

Compost celebration a resounding success

At the beginning of May we celebrated the virtues of composting as part of International Compost Awareness Week by calling upon our network of volunteer Master Composters, members and supporters to go out into their local communities and share the message of composting at home.

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Growing from your Roots project

Growing From Your Roots

Garden Organic’s Growing from your Roots (GFYR) project has been busy working with a wide range of community groups in the West Midlands, helping to spread the word about how to grow exotic crops in the UK.

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Bee on flower pollinator neonics

Soil Association scientific briefing reveals new data on impact of neonics on pollinators

New data revealed today shows bees can be exposed to more pesticides from contaminated wildflowers than from crops on farms. The research, discussed at a scientific briefing organised by the Soil Association in London on 28 April 2016, showed a staggering 97% of the neonicotinoids brought back to honeybee hives in pollen could come from wildflowers - not oilseed rape. (1)

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Rocket science growing project

Blast off for Rocket seeds!

Arc School in Nuneaton is taking part in The Rocket Science Experiment for The RHS Campaign for School Gardening and The European Space Agency, as part of Garden Organic's Growing Enterprise social and therapeutic horticultural project at Ryton Organic Gardens.

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International Compost Awareness week 2016

Garden Organic tackles the UK’s tea bag mountain this International Compost Awareness Week

It’s a well-known fact that us Brits love our tea, but did you know that we drink 165 million cups of tea a day? That’s a lot of teabags going to waste.

This International Compost Awareness Week (1st-7th May) Garden Organic will be helping to redirect some of these many teabags onto compost heaps by running compost training sessions along the length and breadth of the UK.

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