Northern Organic groups meet GO at Ordsall Hall, Salford

Ordsall Hall

As one of a series of meetings with representatives of local organic groups around the country, Garden Organic team members James Campbell, Rebecca Witcomb and Suzanne Goldby met leaders of a range of northern organic groups at Ordsall Hall in Salford, to discuss how to work better together and what Garden Organic could best do to promote and support organic growing locally.

Head Gardener Lindsay Berry shows a group around the organic gardens and orchard.

In addition to an introduction and tour of the organic gardens led by Head Gardener Lindsay Berry (an ex-Ryton organic gardens alumni), the group also participated in a discussion on GM issues, led by Lawrence Woodward, before debating what Garden Organic should do for local groups going forward.

This was one in a series of meetings with organisers of local organic groups across the country and the results will be consolidated and circulated to all local groups, and GO will build a priority action plan to put into place new structures and processes to better support local organic activity.

Amongst suggestions were better information on the main Garden Organic website, lists of speakers, topics and regular updates on relevant issues, support for attendance at local shows with provision of improved promotional materials, and much, much more.

This is one of three meetings held across the country recently to consult with our local groups. A full round-up of these meetings will be published soon.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014