Garden Organic is the national charity for organic growing. Through campaigning, education, advice and community work their aim is to get everyone growing the organic way.
'We provide a range of programmes to enhance the lives of individuals, communities and the environment through organic growing. From growing pots of herbs and food for the school canteen to training master composters to opening a farmers' market in your playground, gardening offers exciting new ways for children of all ages to learn and grow. We’ve been bringing the benefits of gardening to schools, big and small, for over 20 years.
Garden Organic’s Heritage Seed Library (HSL) aims to conserve and make available vegetable seed varieties that are no longer commercially available. We receive seeds from individuals and ensure they are true to type before saving the seeds and sending them out to our members so they can preserve the varieties for years to come. It is becoming increasingly clear that our plant heritage - and organic growing principles - are under threat, principally but not exclusively, from regulation and big business so we actively lobby and campaign internationally on behalf of organic and heritage principles.
Previous campaigns include: The Bee Heard campaign, We lobbied MPs and the Government to take action to protect UK bee populations.
For peats sake. Peat bogs are some of the unsung heroes of our natural world. They’re a very particular eco-system that provide a safe haven to a wealth of plants, birds and insects.
Peat is also the largest and most efficient land-based store of carbon, which when broken down releases CO2, one of the planet damaging greenhouse gases. Peat bogs store on average 10 times more carbon per hectare than any other eco-system, including forests. Many peatlands have been growing undisturbed for thousands of years, so although they cover just 3% of the world’s land area, they hold nearly 30% of all the carbon stored on land. We want to end the use of peat in horticulture, once and for all and preserve the peat bogs we have left.'
Find out more about Garden Organic here.