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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Step nearer victory in Garden Organic’s glyphosate campaign

MEPs have urged the EU Commission to re-authorise the herbicide glyphosate, found in Roundup, for just seven years rather than the original 15, and for professional use only. This is good news for Garden Organic who has led the campaign, on behalf of the charity’s members and supporters, to oppose the re-licensing of this herbicide.

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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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Wildlife lovers avoiding pesticide use in gardens

Wildlife-lovers avoid pesticides to encourage minibeasts and birds into their gardens

New research reveals that 60 per cent of British homeowners are making conscious efforts to encourage wildlife in their gardens and outdoor spaces with more than half actively avoiding the use of pesticides. Some 57 per cent are concerned about the reported decline in the bee population

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Is UK agriculture doing more damage than climate change?

Is UK agriculture doing more damage than climate change?

Scientists from the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH), working with colleagues from other UK research institutes and the RSPB, have said climate change and agriculture are driving a startling loss of biodiversity from the British countryside.

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Garden Organic calls for support to say 'No' to glyphosate

Following the recent deferral of the EU vote to relicense glyphosate, Garden Organic is urging members and supporters to get behind the campaign for a ‘No’ vote when the EU committee next meets.

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Horticultural therapy at Garden Organic - Ryton Organic Gardens

Spring is in the air for our horticultural therapy groups

The weather is slowly beginning to warm here at Ryton Organic Gardens which means that our therapeutic horticulture groups can start getting back out into the garden to prepare for spring and another busy growing season.

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Chris Collins, Former Blue Peter Presenter - Food Growing Schools: London

TV gardener Chris Collins announces food growing target for London's green fingered kids

Chris Collins, best known as the former TV Blue Peter gardener, has just announced that the target for London’s biggest food growing count, the ‘Growathon’ has been met. It is estimated that more than 10,000 London pupils are now involved in growing food at school, with the number climbing by the week.

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EU decision on glyphosate deferred

A committee of EU experts and ministers met this week to decide whether to renew the licence for glyphosate. With opposition from environmental groups, and some member states such as France, Netherlands, Sweden and Germany, the vote was deferred. The committee are under pressure as the current licence expires in June.

Glyphosate is a commonly used herbicide (weedkiller) that has been classified as being potentially carcinogenic. It is usually mixed with other chemicals to create a toxic cocktail. Roundup is a well known example.

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