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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Organic food is proven to be better for you!

A new study from Newcastle University has shown that both organic milk and meat contain around 50% more beneficial omega-3 fatty acids than conventionally produced products.

This adds to their report from 2015 which concluded that organic crops are up to 60% higher in anti-oxidants.

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Garden Organic's Master Composters

Master Composters in Hot 100 for another year!

For a second year running, Garden Organic’s Master Composter programme has made the top ten of Resource Magazine’s Hot 100!

This year the Hot 100 list celebrated the industry’s top ‘waste wizards’ who, in the magazine’s words, use their own special sort of sorcery to turn waste in to resources.

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David Stevens, Garden Designer

Design Team announced for Ryton Organic Gardens

Ryton Organic Gardens, Garden Organic’s flagship organic gardens in Warwickshire, are to be redesigned by a partnership overseen by award-winning garden designer David Stevens, both a Fellow of The Society of Garden Designers and The Chartered Institute of Horticulture, working with a team of garden design students from Sparsholt College, Hampshire.

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Aldi Süd bans bee-harming pesticides

Aldi Süd, the German branch of the supermarket chain, is the first big retailer in Europe to ban eight bee-harming pesticides from domestic fruits and vegetables produced for their markets.

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Horticultural therapy January

Therapeutic Horticulture projects making most of mild January

January is a busy time of the year for our Social and Therapeutic Horticulture (STH) projects. Our adult group has been working in the Growth Therapy Garden tidying the borders and cutting back some of the plants to allow the spring growth to grow through. With the mild winter temperatures that we've been experiencing there's also plenty of weeding to do too!

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Golding Homes Community Garden project launch

A community grows amongst the raised beds

In the UK there are over 200 Garden Organic supported Master Gardeners, that’s over 200 passionate and enthusiastic growers helping people live healthier, happier lives through organic growing. In this issue we discover how one such Garden Organic supported project has helped create a community in a housing estate in Kent.

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White campion

New research exposes secret cocktail of toxic pesticides in hedgerows and wildflowers

Scientists at Sussex University have discovered that bees are exposed to a chemical cocktail when feeding from wildflowers growing next to neonicotinoid treated crops in UK farmland. These chemical cocktails could make the impact of neonicotinoids up to 1000 times more potent than previously realised.

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