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Results from RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch results show a mixed picture for UK’s garden birds. House sparrow, starling and blue tit remain at the top of the rankings.

 

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Campaign to make Brighton and Hove pesticide free

Garden Organic is joining PAN-UK in their latest campaign to make towns and cities pesticide free. Their current action is in Brighton & Hove Council - ahead of the city-wide council elections on 2nd May.

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Sustrans School Street event

Sustrans School Street event

Garden Organic was delighted to attend a Sustrans School Street event as part of our role in Move More Eat Well. This project is aimed at helping residents in Longbridge, Cofton, Northfield and Rubery  (Birmingham) feel healthier.
 
On Monday 25th March, our education team went along to Cofton Primary School. The street outside the school was closed and it was car free for the day so the children could cycle, scoot and play safely on the road as well as taking part in food growing activities.
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Chris Collins, one man & his organic plot April

One man & his organic plot - April 2019

Chris is getting stuck in down at the allotment and everything is ready to go. He’s set about filling his propagators, and has even got his runner bean wig-wams up and ready in anticipation of all the legumes he’s going to grow from the Heritage Seed Library. Chris also travelled to Wales to meet up with Garden Organic trustee & Seed Guardian Adam Alexander. And after a long drawn out battle with horsetail Chris is now ready to plant out a good size area with soft fruit.

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Tune in to the April edition of the Garden Organic podcast

The April Garden Organic podcast is published! Tune in to hear tips on seed sowing and slug control. Plus an inspiring interview about organic gardening behind prison walls.

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Garden Organic is gransnet charity of the week

GO pleased to be Gransnet’s charity of the week!

We’re thrilled to have been selected by Gransnet to feature as their charity of the week from 3rd to 10th April.

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Terrifying loss of insects worldwide

The number of insects is falling at such a perilous rate that if nothing is done to halt the decline, our own future could be at risk. This is the conclusion published in a new paper in the journal Biological Conservation. The review looked at 75 different studies covering a range of insect groups from around the globe, and the results are startling.

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US jury finds Roundup weedkiller caused cancer

Another case has hit the headlines about the weedkiller Roundup (which contains glyphosate). A US jury found unanimously that it caused cancer.  They awarded over $80m to the defendant, Edwin Hardeman, who sadly contracted non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) after using Roundup for over 30 years since 1980s.

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Charities implore government to put school food on Ofsted menu

School children are leaving school obese, not being able to cook or know what good food is – stark claim you may think, but these are real concerns from leading food campaigners including Jamie Oliver, Food for Life and Children’s Food Campaign.

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 One man and his organic plot - March 2019

One man & his organic plot - March 2019

Chris has returned after his adventurous travels to Sri Lanka and is gearing up for the spring! It’s all about the seeds over the next 8 weeks or so. He has started sowing quick crops and hardy annuals, all of which have shown their cotyledons already!

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