SE Essex Seed Potato Day: Saturday 24 February 2018, 10:00 to 14:00 (updated 10/02/2018)

SE Essex Seed Potato Day is organised and run entirely by volunteers from both SE Essex Organic Gardeners and local charity, Trust Links   Why not put it in your diary now?   Saturday 24 February 2018   10:00 – 14:00   Growing Together Westcliff, 47 Fairfax Drive (corner of Fairfax Drive and Prittlewell Chase), Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 9AG   Please use the entrance in Prittlewell Chase.   Free admission – delicious refreshments available   This year, 51 varieties of seed potato (some organic) will be for sale, to be able to buy individually at 20p per tuber (one free tuber for every five bought) plus:                     Onion sets, Sturon and Stuttgart Giant: £1.00 per half pound Organic potato fertiliser: £3.50p per kilo box Chicken pellets: £1.00 per 1 kg South East Essex Seed Swap Dalefoot Composts Southend Seed Swap Allotment advice from Jeff Barber, The National Allotment Society The Soil Association’s latest organic research literature   … [Read more…]

Picking-up Pots…

These photos were taken by the SEEOG crew during their pick-up of seed potatoes at Stonham Barns, near Ipswich, prior to the East Anglian Potato Day on 10 February. We hope they had a good day! East Anglian PotatoDay2018 SE Essex Seed Potato Day is on Saturday 24 February at Growing Together Westcliff. Further information here … [Read more…]

Ryton Organic Gardens, Coventry

We formed South East Essex Organic Gardeners (SEEOG) in 1994 to promote the principles of organic gardening, which include the composting of organic waste, the protection of wildlife, the reduction of pollution and the encouragement of species diversity.   ‘Your garden is your own little patch of the world to look after. Most gardens are quite small, but there are 15 million of them in the UK. If all of these gardens were cared for organically, it would create a much better environment – for our families, plants and wildlife.’ Credit: Garden Organic’s website.   We are affiliated to Garden Organic, ‘the national charity for organic growing, we provide a range of programmes to enhance individuals, communities and the environment through organic growing.’   But are you aware of what’s going on now at Ryton? Lawrence Hills established Ryton Gardens in 1985 as home for the charity he founded, the Henry Doubleday Research Association, later to become Garden Organic. But the Board of Trustees has asked Garden Organic’s management team to look at the options. … [Read more…]

Save Ryton Organic Gardens

Lawrence Hills established Ryton Gardens in 1985 as home for the charity he founded, the Henry Doubleday Research Association, later to become Garden Organic. A year later, the gardens opened to the public to promote organic gardening. Upon his death in 1990 his ashes were scatted around the gardens and its future now lies in the hands of the Trustees of the charity. This year (January 2018), to the surprise of many members, the gardens were placed for sale with an estate agent as investment/redevelopment opportunity. Discussions had taken place with the Local Planning Authority that indicated that they would not oppose residential redevelopment provided “the openness of the green belt” in which the gardens are situated. The aim of this post is to bring to the attention of the current Trustees the strength of feeling that opposes this sale. They are: Miss Elaine Margaret Shaw Mrs Gail Coleshill Dr Margaret Lynn Eyre – Vice-Chair Mr Martin Stott – Chair Ms Judith Wayne Ms Phillipa Lyons Mrs Naomi L’Estrange Mr Andrew Collins Mr Steve Howell – Treasurer Mr Adam Alexander Mr Kevin James Wissett-Warner Dr Tania Elizabeth Sayer Mrs Marjan Bartlett-Freriks Courtesy of Save Ryton Organic Gardens: Ryton Gardens update January 2018:   … [Read more…]