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Helping out feathered friends

February is an exciting time in the garden for bird watchers. Our feathered friends are busy nesting and mating, and now is the best time to spot them, before the trees come into leaf.

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Three Counties Orchard champion project

Mad about orchards?

For the past year seventeen enthusiastic volunteers from across the Three Counties (Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire) have been enjoying an Orchard Champions course. In return for five days free training they have been helping us to promote traditional orchards and local varieties.

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tomatillo citizen science

Last call for organic experimenters!

Each year we run at least three citizen science research projects to further organic growing knowledge. We select a range of projects, based on elements of organic growing where we think knowledge is lacking or out of date, and invite members to take part by carrying out experiments in their own garden or allotment. Now in its 59th year, our citizen science is as relevant as ever, and a great way to contribute to the wealth of knowledge on organic growing.

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Young Horticulturist of the Year Competition 2017 launched

This year the Young Horticulturist of the Year competition returns to its roots for the 27th annual competition final. The Grand Final is to be held on May 6th at the University Centre Shrewsbury. Shrewsbury was home to Percy Thrower whose Trust provides an impressive £2500 travel bursary to the competition winner each year, alongside major sponsorship from the Shropshire Horticultural Society.

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Breckland Growing Buddy helps green-fingered care home

Green-fingered residents at Westfields Care Home in Swaffham are growing fresh produce for the table, and colourful plants for communal areas, thanks to advice and support from Breckland Growing Buddy Linda Penney who visits the Home every week.

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Southwark Food Poverty programme recruits Master Gardeners and Food Buddies

We are currently recruiting more volunteers to join its two-year project in the borough of Southwark, working with people at risk of food poverty.

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New growing project to support local carers

We are delighted to announce the launch of a new project - Thyme To Be. This is the latest in a number of social and therapeutic horticulture projects from the Warwickshire charity.

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New research shows persistent intake of glyphosate seriously affects liver and kidneys

A new study from King's College London reveals that the impact of very, very low, but long term, exposure to glyphosate-based herbicides (weedkillers) causes liver disease. Why is this important? Because we know that over 30% of the bread we eat contains glyphosate. Non-organic wheat and soya crops are dosed with it, especially pre-harvest.

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organic fruit, bare root trees

Plan ahead to beat those January blues

Close your eyes and think of summer. Bees buzzing, warm sun, the garden at its most verdant. Pears, apples and cherries hanging on the bough, their juices waiting for that taste explosion in your mouth.

Well, in the cold dark days of winter, now is the time to create that fruitful bliss. Because these are the months for bare root planting. Raspberries, quinces, plums – as well as the popular apples and pears – are all available for planting and holding that promise of summer.

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The Oxford Real Farming Conference

In the first week in January, Oxford becomes the hub for farming folk to gather. There is the NUF conference, where the emphasis is on the politics of farming as a business, and down the road the Oxford Real Farming Conference. Here farmers and growers gather to discuss how to keep the land productive for wildlife as well as the farmer. Organic, sustainable, re-wilding and agroecology were all the buzz words.

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