Garden Organic’s AGM

For those of you unable to attend last Friday’s Garden Organic AGM here are two audio recordings for you to listen to.

You can download the Q&A session that runs to 57 mins including an introduction here, http://bit.ly/2IWYFbD

You can also download the recording of the complete AGM that runs to 1hr 35mins here, http://bit.ly/2IEsaM2

https://saverytongardens.com/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/146330316031153/

Please show your support for Ryton Organic Gardens by signing our petition: https://www.change.org/p/garden-organic-charity-save-ryton-organic-gardens

‘Save Ryton Organic Gardens’

This Campaign Group wants to encourage members and supporters of Garden Organic to help prevent the sale of the award winning demonstration Gardens and site at Ryton. Lawrence Hills established Ryton Gardens in 1985 as the home for the charity he founded as the Henry Doubleday Research Association, later to become Garden Organic. A year later the Gardens opened to the public to promote organic gardening. Upon Lawrence Hills’ death in 1990, his ashes were scattered around the Gardens and its future now lies in the hands of the Trustees of the charity. This year (2018), to the surprise of many members and supporters, the Gardens were placed for sale with an estate agent as an investment/redevelopment opportunity with a value of more than £4 million. A confidential Trustees’ report suggested that the organisation ‘could move to an office block in the West Midlands’. 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 is retained. We are a group of members, former staff and Trustees and supporters who are united in believing that there is no financial reason to justify selling off the Gardens. The proposed sale is because the organisation wants to spend members’ subscriptions, donations and legacies on other things – we want to keep the award winning Gardens at Ryton and to use some of our subscription money to help pay for the Gardens and site. For further information, please go to: Save Ryton Organic Gardens https://www.facebook.com/groups/146330316031153/ https://saverytongardens.com/         … [Read more…]

‘Honeybees get all the good publicity and hog the headlines’

We would love you to join us at our next meeting on Monday 19 March at Growing Together Westcliff at 20:00:   ‘Honeybees get all the good publicity and hog the headlines’ by SEEOG member, Martyn Davis   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.   Non-members £2.00 – you are most welcome!   … [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. https://www.facebook.com/groups/146330316031153/ … [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: https://www.facebook.com/groups/146330316031153/ Ryton Gardens update January 2018: https://www.gardenorganic.org.uk/news/ryton-gardens-update-january-2017   … [Read more…]