Growth Therapy medal winners

Growth Therapy Group in the medals!

Congratulations to our Growth Therapy Group, who scooped five medals at the West Midlands Flower Show at Glasshouse College, Stourbridge, last Thursday, 24th September 2015.

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Masters conference 2015

Annual Masters conference at Ryton Organic Gardens

Garden Organic welcomed around one-hundred and fifty of our volunteer Master Gardeners and Composters to the annual National Volunteers Masters Conference at Ryton Organic Gardens last Saturday, 19th September 2015.

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Rye Hill Garden

Garden Organic's Master Gardener prison programme praised by independent watchdog

An independent watchdog has today praised the “steady and marked” progress of HMP Rye Hill Prison in Northamptonshire, home of Garden Organic’s horticultural intervention programme, Rye Hill Master Gardener Project. The Garden Project, which is delivered by the charity’s Master Gardener programme, works in conjunction with the Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Team (DART) was praised for enthusing and engaging the prisoners involved in the project.

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London schools encouraged to sow it, grow it and sell it!

From strawberry jam to tomato ketchup, and the great British apple to winter salad bags - young entrepreneurs are bringing harvest time to the city. From September to December 2015, schools across London are rolling up their sleeves to take part in Grow Your Own Business, a city-wide celebration of school food growing, enterprise and learning, creating young entrepreneurs and healthier local communities.

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New partnership brings organic horticultural therapy to dementia care

Garden Organic is excited to be working with Carers Trust Heart of England to a launch a Dementia Care Project at the charity’s national headquarters, Ryton Organic Gardens, near Coventry.

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Vietnamese mustard

Members' Experiments 2015 Update

Many thanks to everyone who's taking part in this year’s members' experiments.

We still find the idea of pooling the knowledge from gardeners and growers around the country very exciting! To keep you updated, we’re providing progress report of how our trials are working out here, at Ryton Organic Gardens.

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DEFRA lifts ban on neonics

DEFRA lifts ban on neonics

Garden Organic is dismayed to learn that DEFRA has granted permission to farmers to begin using neonicotinoids again on rape seed oil crops from this autumn. The Government granted this temporary derogation, following pressure from the National Farmers Union (NFU), who recently submitted a second emergency application for their use.

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London Major, Boris Johnson at School Market Place

City Hall hosts School’s Marketplace for a second year

The Mayor of London’s Food Programme team opened the doors of the prestigious City Hall to welcome ten London schools to hold their very own Schools Marketplace on Thursday 9th July 2015. The event was a mouth-watering showcase for delicious food grown in London’s schools from jams and chutneys, to salads, herbs, cordials, dips and more. The Schools Marketplace, was the grand finale of Grow Your Own Picnic 2015, a term-long celebration of food growing in London schools.

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Rob Smith - Winner BBC's Big Allotment Challenge

BBC's Big Allotment Challenge winner visits Ryton Organic Gardens

Rob Smith winner of the BBC’s Big Allotment Challenge enjoyed a visit to Ryton Organic Gardens today, Friday 19th June.

Rob, one of our Heritage Seed Library (HSL) Seed Guardians, was seen on the BBC series earlier this year growing and showing our HSL varieties including Trifetti chilli and Boothby's blonde cucumber. His inspiration for growing these varieties began back in his childhood.

Rob says: “I began growing heritage varieties when I realised that the produce I’d grown with my Grandad had much more flavour – the taste takes me back to my childhood.

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Gardeners' Question Time visit

Garden Organic shares its expertise on BBC Gardeners' Question Time

The Garden Organic team were delighted to welcome BBC Gardeners’ Question Time to Ryton Organic Gardens on, Monday 15th June, for a recording of the post bag edition of the flagship Radio 4 gardening programme.

The programme’s Chair, Eric Robson, presenters; Bob Flowerdew, Pippa Greenwood and Matthew Wilson joined Garden Organic’s Horticultural experts; Bob Sherman, Sally Cunningham and Anton Rosenfeld to answer questions sent in by Gardeners' Question Time listeners.

James Campbell, Chief Executive, Garden Organic said:

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