Apple Weekend Harvest Supper

Saturday, 15th October 2011 – 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Apple Weekend Harvest Supper Films (running continuously in church), locally grown vegetable soup from 6.30 p.m. Apple quiz – engagement and discussion, bring and share apple desserts and recipes. Ticket Adult £2.50 Child £1.00 (advance booking required), bring your own drinks. Venue: St. Mark’s Centre, Princes Street, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 1QA More information: 01702 213134 or 07813 693107 or visit … [Read more…]

Nick Bali’s Warre Beehive

Nick Bali’s Warre beehive on 29 August 2011. He said “it’s nearly finished; it just needs 4 legs (easy) and 3 windows (not so easy) – I’ve decided not to use paint. It’s just had its second coat of oil.” To quote from an article by David Heaf, the Warre beekeeping expert in the U.K., Permaculture Magazine No 61… ” Warre beekeeping is far less intrusive than the conventional method; the only time the hive is disturbed is for a few minutes once yearly when a portion of their honey is removed. This means that the hive maintains a constant temperature and, most importantly, ends the practice of robbing colonies of most of their valuable nutritional reserves and replacing them with sugar syrup, which lacks the minerals, nutrients and other bee health- promoting substances found in honey.” … [Read more…]

From Plot to Pot – planning what to grow: Tuesday 1 November 2011 – Walthamstow School for Girls, London‏

Dear Colleague, We still have five places available on our Free Food for Life Partnership all day CPD Event ‘From Plot to Pot – planning what to grow’.  This is taking place on Tuesday 1 November 2011 at Walthamstow School for Girls, Church Hill, Walthamstow, London, E17 9RZ. This is a free event for schools professionals.  It is an opportunity to plan what to grow in a school garden, from seed sowing to harvest, including vegetables and herbs.    Suitable for new school gardeners.  This will  support schools working  towards the Food for Life Partnership Bronze and  Silver awards. Bookings will be taken on a first come, first serve basis, so please book early to avoid disappointment.  Bookings can be made  via email at: or telephone: 02476  217747. Many thanks Garden Organic Education Team, Wolston Lane, Coventry, CV8 3L

Compost Heap Invertebrate Survey‏

Dear Colleague, Relatively little is known of the Invertebrates that live in our compost heaps and no systematic survey of compost faunas has been conducted in the UK.  Garden Organic has joined forces with the University of Plymouth in a project to catalogue the fauna of our compost heaps and bins in order to gain a better understanding of their role in the composting process.  We are inviting schools to take part in this process. If you would like to be involved in this exciting project, please go to for details of how to register your interest, and download the intsructions and survey form. Many thanks Heather Jackson Project Co-ordinator, Sustainable Waste Team Garden Organic, Wolston Lane, Coventry, CV8 3LG … [Read more…]