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2022 courses and events

Make 2022 the year to discover organic growing.

Make 2022 the year to discover organic growing or simply enhance your skills.
We'll support you on your journey with a programme of self-guided online learning, webinars, & face-to-face workshops. Choose from a selection of topics, suitable for organic growers of all levels, from our First Steps in Organic Gardening to Planning Your Plot and Successful Composting, there is something to tempt everyone.

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Reflections & Resolutions

Gardening can be a hit and miss affair, especially where veg is concerned. So now is the perfect time to reflect on last year’s successes and failures, before planning the new growing year’s resolutions.
 

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Members Experiments are back for 2022!

We are delighted to announce that our Members Experiments are back!

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UK supermarkets and how they rate on pesticides

Pesticide Action Network UK (PAN UK) has released its 2021 ranking which scores the UK’s top ten supermarkets on their efforts to tackle pesticides. 

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Help us fight against the use of peat in horticulture by supporting out Christmas Appeal.

Help us fight against the use of peat in horticulture by supporting out Christmas Appeal.

Help us fight against the use of peat in horticulture by supporting our Christmas Appeal. Money raised will support us with the progression of our For Peat's Sake campaign for 2022.

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Our New Year podcast special: the secret of good soil

We kick off the new year with a podcast special: the secret of good soil.  It's your essential guide to what makes your soil great.

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For Peat's Sake campaign update

Plans to phase out the use of peat in the amateur horticulture sector announced

Plans to ban the use of peat in horticulture in England and Wales by the end of this Parliament were set out by the Government today (Saturday 18 December) in an effort to protect precious peatland habitats and meet net zero targets. 

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Celebrate World Soil Day with us!

World Soil Day is celebrated today, 5th December. 95% of our food comes from the soil, but a third of our global soils are already degraded. Poor farming practices that are dependent on agrichemicals do little to help build up soil health and resilience...

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2022 Heritage Seed Library seed list now online!

Many Heritage Seed Library members will have now received their electronic copy of the 2022 seed list to browse and choose their favourite varieties from.

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More bad news for solitary bees

There’s more bad news for bees exposed to pesticides. Recent studies in the US show that solitary bees can ingest pesticide-laced pollen twice (as larvae and as adults) and consequently suffer a terrifying 75% decline in populations when exposed over 2 generations. 

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