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Why organic?

Ever wondered why it is so important to grow and eat organic food?

An organic gardener works in co-operation with nature. Growing produce without chemicals, from organic seed, and saving the seed each year to be in alignment with nature’s cycles.

Organic gardeners work with the soil naturally, and don’t use chemicals that could harm either the organisms in the soil or the wildlife around them.

If all 15 million UK gardens were cared for organically, this would create a healthier, more sustainable environment for our families, plants and wildlife.

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Better for nature and wildlife

Organic gardens provide food and homes for bees, birds, butterflies and a variety of other wildlife. This prevents the decline of our wonderful fellow creatures and of the plants they so much depend on. Pollinators enable plants to fruit, set seed and breed. This in turn provides food and habitat for a range of other creatures.

So the health of our natural ecosystems is fundamentally linked to the health of our bees and other pollinators. The drivers of biodiversity loss are many, but numerous scientific studies have highlighted the major role pesticides play. Pesticides have found their way into our food, our soils, our rivers and our wildlife. Around half of pesticides used in the UK are fungicides which, used repeatedly, kill the microbial life essential to the soil ecosystem and affect all that depend on it.

  • Growing organically is good for the sustainability of our soil and is good for your health.
  • Growing organically reduces your negative impact on the planet
  • Teach your children to grow organically - it will enrich their lives and keep them healthy.
  • Help protect the environment and wildlife by buying organic products which you cannot grow yourself.
  • Support your local organic growers and reduce the problems associated with 'food miles'.