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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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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