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Celebrating a year of achievement

Every year, Garden Organic invites the charity’s volunteer Master Gardeners, Master Composters, Food Buddies and Growing Buddies from across the UK to join them in celebrating another inspirational year of spreading the word on organic food growing, food preparation and home composting. As the sun sets on this years’ event, we take a look at some of the highlights of the day, and hear from those involved.

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Chris Collins, Garden Organic, Head of Horticulture

Gardeners' Question Time with Chris Collins, GO's Head of Horticulture

Garden Organic's new Head of Organic Horticulture, Chris Collins has a CV most gardeners can only dream of, taking in two Royal Botanic Gardens and the green space at 'The Queen's church' Westminster Abbey.

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Lawrence Hills HDRA

Reviewing our members' experiments

Since Garden Organic's origins in 1958, our members have played a vital role in the research and development of organic horticulture. Over the years, thousands of you have taken part in Members' Experiments investigating an amazing range of topics.

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Now recruiting volunteers in Breckland!

Breckland Council and national charity Garden Organic have launched a new scheme to create a network of volunteer ‘Growing Buddies’, to support older people and vulnerable residents in growing and gardening activities as part of the Breckland Master Gardeners Project.

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Independent businesses key to organic success

Recent research from Nielsen has shown that the UK’s organic market is likely to reach and exceed a value of £2 billion by the end of this year, with a considerable percentage of that thanks to independents.

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Greenpeace publishes EU Pesticide Blacklist

Greenpeace has just published an EU Pesticide Blacklist, which includes over 500 active substances of pesticides and herbicides which are currently approved by the EU. It includes the herbicide glyphosate. Of these 520 substances, 209 are considered are potential risk to human health and the environment.

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New study finds neonicotinoid insecticides linked to wild bee decline across England

Exposure to oilseed rape crops which have been treated with neonicotinoids has been linked to the long-term population decline of wild bee species across the English countryside, according to research published yesterday by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH).

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Kent Housing Group award

Garden Organic project scoops award

Garden Organic's work with Golding Homes in Maidstone has received two prestigious awards in the Kent Housing Group Excellence Awards 2016. We were Winner in the Excellent Partnership with Business category and a shortlisted Finalist in the Excellent Community Project by a Resident or Residents category.

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Persian clover

2016 Members' Experiments update

With our 2016 members' experiments well under way we thought we'd update you on how we're getting on with the three experiments here at Ryton Organic Gardens.

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Heritage Seed Library seed swap

Calling all seed swappers...

As we're starting to put together the 2017 Heritage Seed Library Catalogue, we're on the look out for members wanting to share their excess seed with other members. The Seed Swap section of the catalogue includes a listing of individuals with excess seed, or those on the look out for particular varieties to swap.

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