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: 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 Kind regards Rachel Rachel Harries | Programmes Department | Soil Association | South Plaza, Marlborough Street | Bristol BS1 3NX | t: 0117 987 4601 | m: 07795 528926

Garden Organic’s ‘I Don’t Dig Peat’ Campaign

Garden Organic’s ‘I Don’t Dig Peat*’ Campaign kicks-off today; with the launch of their new micro-website There is plenty of information on the site, including downloads and a template letter to send to garden centres and supermarkets – along with the opportunity to make the ‘Peat-Free Promise’ and see it added to the national total. (191, at the time of writing) *originally ‘Protect our Peat’ … [Read more…]

Beekeepers call on gardeners to plant bee-friendly plants and avoid pesticides

A survey carried-out by the the British Beekeepers Association, has found that Honeybee populations declined by 13.6% over the winter. Losses were most severe in the north-east, where the survey recorded a loss rate of 17.1%. Martin Smith, President of the BBA said “If this was measured against similar losses in livestock it would be seen as disastrous and there would be great concern on the knock-on impact of food prices.” The association is now calling on everyone who has a garden, however small, to plant bee-friendly plants this summer. They say “It is really important that there are flowering nectar-rich plants around in August, September and October to provide the nutrition that’s needed so the bees can top up their stores of honey in the hive to see them through winter.” Source: Article from today’s Guardian: British Beekeepers Association website: and Press Release … [Read more…]

Farmers’ Markets 2011

Leigh-on-Sea: at Leigh Community Centre, Elm Road: Saturday 28 May, Friday 24 June, Friday 22 July, Friday 26 August, Saturday 24 September, Friday 28 October, Saturday 19 November, Saturday 17 December, 09:00 – 12:00 Rochford: in the WI Hall, Market Square on (Saturday) 7 May, 4 June, 2 July, 6 August, 3 September, 1 October, 5 November, 09:30–12:20 … [Read more…]

Full Permaculture Design Course at Growing Together, Westcliff on Sea, Spring 2011

Announcing a full Permaculture Design Course to be held in Westcliff on Sea this Spring. The full 72 hour Permaculture Design Course is a vital stage in the development of understanding of permaculture ethics, principles, design processes and implementation techniques providing essential skills for the post-peak oil world. Held over 5 weekends at a venue less than an hour from central London, we will be running this course in partnership with Southend in Transition, Milton Community Partnership and Growing Together Dates: 7 – 8 May 21 – 22 May 4 – 5 June 18 – 19 June 2 – 3 July Times: 10 am – 6 pm, with optional additional sessions and/or social events on the Saturday evenings Accomodation: options for attendees from outside of the Southend area are available, more details to follow Cost: £450 – £300 depending on income, some concessionary places available, please enquire to Milton Community Partnership (see below) £50 secures a place Led by: Graham Burnett and guest tutors Full course details here For enquiries and bookings contact Milton Community Partnership or tel 01702 213264 Please note that booking of places for this course is NOT through Spiralseed, please contact the MCP directly, thanks … [Read more…]