July Website Updates

As well as the new items that are appearing in the News & Events section of the website; there have been a couple of new additions to the ‘static’ pages: The July 2011 Newsletter is available on the Newsletter Archive page; or direct: here Our membership renewal form can now be downloaded from the Join Us page; or direct: here …and there is a new article on Potato Blight, available from the Hints & Tips Page; or direct: here … [Read more…]

Landmark Decision on Peat-Extraction in Salford

Salford City Council today refused compost manufacturer William Sinclair’s application to extend their expired permission, with regard to peat extraction on Chat Moss in Greater Manchester. Prior to the decision being made; Salford City Council’s Lead for Planning, Cllr Derek Antrobus, had said: “As far as we know, this is the first time an application for peat extraction will be considered on grounds of principle rather than the impact on neighbours” and “If permission is refused I expect there to be an appeal which will be an important test case for the Government on the strength of its environmental policies.” – so it all now depends on just how far William Sinclair are prepared to take things. It is of course also the case that the planning refusal only covers the portion of the site within Salford; the other part is in Wigan, where a decision is yet to be reached. Further information is available on the ‘Organic In The Garden’ forum: here Update 6 July 2011: As widely expected; a formal appeal has been lodged against Salford Council’s decision. … [Read more…]

GM Crops – Farmer to Farmer

Michael Hart, a conventional livestock family farmer, has been farming in Cornwall for nearly thirty years and has actively campaigned on behalf of family farmers for over fifteen years. In this short documentary he investigates the reality of farming genetically modified crops in the USA ten years after their introduction. He travels across the US interviewing farmers and other specialists about their experiences of growing GM. More info on the GM Crops – Farmer to Farmer website: here … [Read more…]

The Soil Association’s conference on Community Supported Agriculture

We have received the following invitation from the Soil Association: Farming together: The future of CSA in the UK 16 September 2011, Bristol Come and join us to celebrate CSA, explore the diversity of enterprises, hear about CSA overseas and look to the future of CSA development in the UK. We recommend you book as soon as possible as we’re expecting it to be a popular event! Click here for the invitation. We look forward to receiving your booking. Kind regards Amanda Amanda Daniel Information and Marketing Coordinator CSA & Organic Buying Groups project Soil Association T: 0117 914 2424 … [Read more…]

Anti GM protest in Norfolk

We have received the following note, from Rachel Harries at the Soil Association: Hi there Thought you might be interested in this anti GM protest happening in Norfolk. Apologies if you have heard about it already! Join us for a family-friendly rally against ongoing blight-resistant GM potato trials! Gather for organic chips before travelling by coach, bike or tractor to the John Innes Research Centre to deliver to them our tried and tested non-GM blight-resistant spuds! Meet 12 noon, The Forum, Norwich, Saturday 23rd July 2011. For more info email: info@stopgm.org.uk or to book coach seats/enquire about accommodation ring 01271 850 616. To gather under the Soil Association ‘No GM’ banner at the event contact ehockridge@soilassociation.org. Kind regards Rachel Rachel Harries | Programmes Department | Soil Association | South Plaza, Marlborough Street | Bristol BS1 3NX | t: 0117 987 4601 | m: 07795 528926