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Public Health officials inspired by Garden Organic projects

The Garden Organic team welcomed Senior Public Health Commissioners from across the UK to the Prince of Wales’ Highgrove Estate this week, for an engagement event designed to showcase the positive impact growing organic food has on health.

Garden Organic is currently involved with more than twenty Public Health projects across the UK; these range from helping prisoners overcome substance misuse, social and therapeutic horticulture, as well as the more established Master Gardener and Composters community programmes.

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Nutritional differences in organic food

Nutritional differences in organic food

A new study led by Newcastle University, published this week in the British Journal of Nutrition, has shown that organic crops and crop-based foods – including fruit, vegetables and cereals – are up to 60% higher in a number of key antioxidants than their non-organic counterparts.

The landmark study, Nutritional Composition of Organic Crop Foods, is the largest of its kind, carried out by an international team and concluded that as well as being higher in antioxidants, organic crops also contain significantly lower levels of toxic heavy metals.

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Food Growing Schools: London launch success

Food Growing Schools: London launched on Friday 20th June 2014 bringing together the very best of London’s food growing expertise, with the ambition to inspire every school in London to grow their own food by the end of 2016.

Led by Garden Organic, Food Growing Schools: London aims to bring together local communities and schools, connecting them with volunteers, businesses and local authorities across London to enthuse and equip every school in London to grow their own food. We are joined by other school food growing experts: Capital Growth, Food For Life Partnership, Morrisons (Let’s Grow), Royal Horticultural Society and School Food Matters.

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Garden Organic returns to Chelsea Flower Show

As a core partner in the Heritage Gardens Competition, Garden Organic, along with partners Le Manoir au Quat' Saisons, the Society of Garden Designers and Hartley Botanic, was represented on the Hartley Botanic stand which was located in a prominent position at the end of Main Avenue on the Royal Hospital site.

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Garden Organic gets royal seal of approval

Garden Organic has had the royal seal of approval with a visit from HRH the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall at the Edible Garden Show in London.

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Positive news on Plant Reproductive Materials

We have recently received the positive news that European MEPs have rejected the latest Plant Reproductive Materials proposals. We understand this to mean that new proposals are likely to be re-introduced once the new European Parliament is in place after the May European elections.

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Going the extra mile for Garden Organic

Our Home Composting Project Coordinator David Garrett will be doing his bit to support Garden Organic this year by going that extra mile, well 26.2 actually!

David will be running in the 2014 London Marathon on April 13 to help raise funds for expanding the educational facilities at our Warwickshire headquarters, Ryton Organic Gardens. “I want to help Garden Organic educate as many people as possible about the benefits of organic growing,” says David, aged 25.

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Campaigning on Plant Reproductive Materials

Following the campaigning carried out by Garden Organic and other similar organisations, over 1,000 comments and recommended amendments for the Plant Reproductive Materials (PRM) Regulation have been received.

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Garden Organic & allies issue 'Save Our Seeds' plan

Garden Organic and its network of allies have issued a 'Save Our Seeds' plan and a call to “turn back the tide” over new amendments being proposed to the EU seed law

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Award for Master Gardener Programme

Garden Organic’s Master Gardener Programme is celebrating success after scooping the prestigious national ‘Education and Learning’ award,at the Local Food Awards.

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