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Global call to ban the use of peat in compost - National Trusts' joint statement

During COP26, The National Trust teamed up with National Trusts from around the world to call for an urgent ban on the use of peat in compost. Organisations from Scotland, Ireland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the Falklands, Guernsey, Indonesia and Jersey are among those calling for the ban to help tackle the nature and climate crises.

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Taking pesticides off the supermarket shelves

Last year, we supported a movement to stop supermarkets from selling pesticide products. We are delighted to report that two retail giants, the Co-op and Waitrose, have now committed to removing all high-risk synthetic pesticides from their gardening range.

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The Organic Gardening Podcast - a gorgeous November episode

This month's podcast is packed with listening goodies. We explore the secret world of bees and how gardeners can help mitigate the climate emergency.

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One man and his organic plot - enjoy the last of the autumn colour

Chris finds himself spending less time in the allotment due to the colder and darker days, but he is still squeezing time in to get his fix. Read on to find out how he is planning to stop the dreaded horsetail from spreading across his plot.

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COP26 – what can we do to play our part?

The UN climate talks taking place in Glasgow, known as COP26, bring together countries in order to find solutions to the very real problem of climate change. Garden Organic welcomes these discussions, with high hopes that governments can recognise the need for change and pledge meaningful action.  It is a pressing and overwhelming scenario.  But what can we, as individuals, do? 

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New varieties in HSL

What does it take to get a new variety listed in our Heritage Seed Library?

We like nothing better than receiving news of a variety from a grower who thinks that they have a rarity that we might be interested in including in the HSL Collection.

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Tim Lang - The UK Potentially Food Self Sufficient

The UK - Potentially Food Self Sufficient?

A recent academic study explores which countries are best located to withstand social and environmental shocks ahead. Tim Lang Professor Emeritus of Food Policy at City, University of London, and President of Garden Organic shares his ​​​​​thoughts on the UK being potentially self-sufficient.

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Edible Playgrounds

Helping children make connections with the natural world through food.

Since 2019 Garden Organic has been in partnership with Trees for Cities and their charitable partner, Bulb, to create Edible Playgrounds Projects. The edible playgrounds are designed individually for each school to meet their specific needs and aims, whilst helping children make connections with the natural world.

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John Sargent: 1919-2021

We are sad to report the passing of life member, dedicated volunteer and devoted organic gardener, John Sargent, who died peacefully at home at the end of September, just a few days short of his 102nd birthday.

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Analysis warns global biodiversity is below 'safe limit'

The world's biodiversity has fallen below the 'safe limit', researchers suggest, as habitat destruction and agriculture take their toll on nature.

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