Radio 4: Open Country 1/11. Hay Meadows.  Helen Mark discovers the importance of hay meadows to the UK’s wildlife, and learns why there are now less than four square miles of such areas in the country, with 40% of it in the North Pennines. This is going to be a wonderful educational resource. … [Read more…]

Monday 18 July: Barons Court Infant School & Nursery

Their Nutrition Association Group met recently to discuss attendance.  So far, they have planned to share the context of the school, their journey so far, partnerships and agencies, the children’s experiences and input, evaluations by their community and partners and their next steps. They will share for approximately 45minutes and are happy to answer any questions. … [Read more…]

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…]

Autumn Plant Fair

Sunday 18 September 2011 10.30 – 4.00 National Plant Collections Specialist nurseries Plant Doctor Garden accessories Home made lunches and teas £6 including entry to Helmingham Hall Gardens Free: 750 bags of bulbs Helmingham Hall IP14 6EF on B1077, 9 miles north of Ipswich Reg. charity 1004009   … [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…]