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horticultural therpay in dementia care

Helping people to think differently about dementia

Yesterday we hosted an event with national social enterprise Dementia Adventure, to explore the knowledge and skills required to support people living with dementia to get outdoors, connect with nature and retain a sense of adventure in their lives.

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Ministers reject plan for the ‘emergency’ use of banned bee-harming pesticides

National Farming Union’s application for banned pesticide use on oil seed rape crops is rejected as government rules against neonicotinoids for the first time.

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Garden Organic appoints new Chair of trustees

New Chair of Trustees appointed at Garden Organic

Following an open election at the beginning of the year, the Garden Organic Board of Trustees has appointed Martin Stott, life member and keen organic grower, to the position of Chair of Trustees.

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Earthworm Watch

Earthworm Watch

Earthworms are the organic growers' best friends. Did you know, there are 27 species in the UK, and healthy farmland will have up to one and three quarter million worms per acre.

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Growing from your Roots project

Growing From Your Roots

Garden Organic’s Growing from your Roots (GFYR) project has been busy working with a wide range of community groups in the West Midlands, helping to spread the word about how to grow exotic crops in the UK.

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Bee on flower pollinator neonics

Soil Association scientific briefing reveals new data on impact of neonics on pollinators

New data revealed today shows bees can be exposed to more pesticides from contaminated wildflowers than from crops on farms. The research, discussed at a scientific briefing organised by the Soil Association in London on 28 April 2016, showed a staggering 97% of the neonicotinoids brought back to honeybee hives in pollen could come from wildflowers - not oilseed rape. (1)

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Step nearer victory in Garden Organic’s glyphosate campaign

MEPs have urged the EU Commission to re-authorise the herbicide glyphosate, found in Roundup, for just seven years rather than the original 15, and for professional use only. This is good news for Garden Organic who has led the campaign, on behalf of the charity’s members and supporters, to oppose the re-licensing of this herbicide.

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International Compost Awareness week 2016

Garden Organic tackles the UK’s tea bag mountain this International Compost Awareness Week

It’s a well-known fact that us Brits love our tea, but did you know that we drink 165 million cups of tea a day? That’s a lot of teabags going to waste.

This International Compost Awareness Week (1st-7th May) Garden Organic will be helping to redirect some of these many teabags onto compost heaps by running compost training sessions along the length and breadth of the UK.

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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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