News

Animal and Plant Agency

Government launches combined Animal and Plant Agency

A combined agency has been launched to ensure that the government is better equipped to prevent the spread of animal and plant diseases.

The Animal and Plant Health Agency began on 1 October 2014 in a bid to better equip the government to prevent the spread of animal and plant diseases, and to respond to emergencies.

Read more
National Pollinator Strategy

DEFRA announces launch of the National Pollinator Strategy

Garden Organic welcomes the government's launch of the National Pollinator Strategy for England. The Department of Food and Rural Affairs' (DEFRA) strategy sets out a ten year plan to help pollinating insects survive and thrive.

Read more
Ordsall Hall

Northern Organic groups meet GO at Ordsall Hall, Salford

As one of a series of meetings with representatives of local organic groups around the country, Garden Organic team members James Campbell, Rebecca Witcomb and Suzanne Goldby met leaders of a range of northern organic groups at Ordsall Hall in Salford, to discuss how to work better together and what Garden Organic could best do to promote and support organic growing locally.

Read more

Website refresh complete

We're pleased to announce that today sees the launch of the final major phase of our refreshment of the Garden Organic website.

Throughout the spring and summer we've moved general public content across from our 'old' site. Today - ahead of schedule - the new Members' Area has gone live.

Read more
Peabody in Bloom Winner

Award for North London Master Gardeners

Garden Organic’s Master Gardener community food growing project Grow Clyde Road has won the Best Vegetable Garden category, in the 'Peabody in Bloom Awards 2014'.

The project based on the Clyde Road estate in Tottenham, North London, was launched in March with the aim of bringing the community together with a shared passion for growing their own food.

Read more
Public health

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.

Read more
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.

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more