Campaigning for a greener future

Grow Your Own

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Growing your own fresh vegetables, fruit and herbs have become very popular over the last few years. People have awoken to the health benefits, money saving aspect and overall satisfaction that harvesting the fruits of your labours can bring, and we want to help more people grow more and find new ways of growing your own veg.

James Campbell - Chief Executive of Garden Organic

Ryton Gardens – A Place to ‘Garden Organic’

Ryton Gardens near Coventry is not only an inspiring place to visit with the family; it is also home to Garden Organic, a charity at the forefront of organic growing in the UK.

Joanna Dobson - author of Incredible! Plant Veg, Grow a Revolution

Incredible Edible: A Community Growing Revolution

The fame of the Incredible Edible project has been growing with the enterprise receiving recognition from the likes of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall on his programme celebrating British fruit, 'To The Core'.

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5 Tips For Eco-Friendly Gardening

While gardening is an activity that connects and engages us with nature in what seems like a constructive and healthy way, there are aspects of maintaining your garden that can have harmful effects on the environment.

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Embracing Permaculture – Interview with Simon Blackwell

Permaculture is a way of growing and living that has recently received an increasing amount of publicity, 'but what is Permaculture?

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Turning Over A New Leaf

After the chill of December snow and frost on the ground and the busy bustle of the Christmas period, getting through the January blues and starting to see evenings grow longer with more daylight hours to enjoy, I'm beginning to look to making plans for the year ahead.

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Succeeding With the Succession Planting

Well I'm happy to report (belatedly) that the bean tunnel is up and the flowers are beginning to appear on my french beans and runner beans so can't wait to start seeing little beans forming.

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There May be Plenty of Veg…

May has to be one of my favourite months of the year, not just because it often has more reliable weather than August, or because two bank holidays give the luxury of a couple of long weekends (although the reliable weather thing doesn't usually extend to cover the British Bank Holidays as we are often made only too aware!

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National Allotment Week Encourages People To Grow Their Own

It’s National Allotment Week and across the UK different events have been taking place to spread the word about growing your own.

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Lack Of Spaces To Grow Own Veg Results In Allotment Summit

Waiting lists of up to 9 years across different areas of Wales have led to calls for more to be done to increase growing spaces across the country.

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Homegrown Goodness – The Start Of The Harvest

Months of preparation are beginning to pay off as the first real crops are maturing at the allotment.

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Guy Ritchie On A Mission To Make Ashcombe House Self Sufficient

Film director Guy Ritchie has submitted proposals to make Ashcombe House in Wiltshire "more self-sufficient".

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National Trust Urges City Dwellers To Grow Veg On Window Ledges

At a time when allotment waiting lists are as long as your arm and people are looking for different ways to get their own bit of 'The Good Life' by growing their own veg, National Trust has come up with the perfect solution.

Day School Teaches Pre-Schoolers About Being Green

Pre-school children at a day school in Lake Forest, California, have been going green recently with a number of initiatives to involve the children and make them more aware of the environment.

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Gone To Seed

I always think there is little more satisfying than planting a seed in a pot of compost, nurturing it with warmth and water, and waiting for the day when the tips of those two first little leaves poke their way through the soil into the light.