It is now recognised that, in the face of the destruction of our countryside by chemical pesticides, British wildlife finds a safe haven in our gardens. How important, then, to ensure that the very chemicals which do so much harm to wildlife in the countryside do not contaminate and despoil our own private patch. It was to encourage the development of organic, healthy, non-toxic, gardening that South East Essex Organic Gardeners (affiliated to Garden Organic and the Soil Association) was set up in 1994 and they are now a thriving group with six meetings a year (January, March, May, July, September and November), a regular newsletter and visits to a wide variety of organic farms and gardens. If you are already or would like to become an organic gardener, the group is a mine of information and what we don’t know we can find out! You’ll soon find out that life is healthier – for you and the wildlife – without slug pellets, chemical pesticides and fertilisers. Single Membership is £8 per annum. Family Membership is £12 per annum and includes members of one family living at the same address. Only one newsletter will be sent to each family. Free membership is available to schools. (List of member schools, here) Six meetings a year are held in January, March, May, July, September and November on a Monday evening at Growing Together Gardens, 47 Fairfax Drive, Southend-on-Sea SS0 9AG (corner of Fairfax Drive and Prittlewell Chase) from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. If you’d like to find out more about S E Essex Organic Gardeners, please contact Carole Shorney on 01702 201914, or e-mail her here. Membership forms are available for download, here.