Winter has finally landed and yet another year ends. For those under the age of 40 it probably doesn’t mean that much, but for us past that landmark, it’s amazing how fast a year goes by. All the more reason to be enjoying the great outdoors, the gift that is nature and all the freshly grown organic food you can eat.
Garden Organic have been commissioned by HSBC UK to create two new gardens at the bank's offices in Birmingham. We will also be working with the bank employees, helping them to maintain the gardens, and training them to become organic Gardening Champions.
There’s never a dull moment at the Heritage Seed Library for our team. If you’ve ever wanted to know what happens to produce the little brown seed packets so coveted by HSL members, read on for a behind-the-scenes look at our highlights through the year.
1958 – Britain ends war time coal rationing, opens the first motorway and appoints the first woman to the House of Lords. On 30 October, another milestone was reached - the founding of HDRA, to lead the organic movement.
Congratulations to Clipper, producer of organic teas, who claim to have produced "the world’s first plastic-free, non-GM, unbleached tea bag." Now you can safely and effectively throw your tea bags on to the compost heap.
The Government's new Agricultural Bill is currently being discussed in Parliament. This is our last chance to ensure that organic farming is represented. As the draft Bill stands, there is no mention of the importance of organic techniques, nor of financial support for organic farmers.
Hosting wildlife in your garden has never been more important. This week’s celebration of wildlife gardening is set against some shock statistics - over half our farmland birds have disappeared and hedgehog numbers are down by 50%.
Plastic pollution has been a high-profile issue in 2018, and the ubiquitous black plant pot is one of the worst offenders. Garden centres are now planning to replace them with plastic that can be recycled. But is this enough?
The food we produce can have a huge influence on our environment. Whether that impact is positive, or negative is down to the choices we make in how that food is grown and by whom. Triodos Bank is supporting the incredibly valuable efforts of independent food growers and producers who are helping to create our sustainable food future.