Proud to be Organic
NOGs was formed in 1989 in Nottingham. From small beginnings NOGs has now over 100 members from the city and neighbouring areas – reputedly the largest organic gardening group in the midlands. NOGS is a volunteer led group whose aims are “to advance the education of the general public in the principle of organic growing and gardening by promoting the use and development of organic gardening methods”. NOGS is run entirely by volunteers and we welcome new members and volunteers to help us!
NOGS has established a calendar of events during the year which includes our Annual Potato Day in Sherwood, Talks throughout the year on the second Tuesday of the month (at the Federation Club in Carrington), plant swap in May, as well as organising wrokshops and trips to other gardens or plant shows.
Besides a programme of workshops, talks, garden visits etc., currently NOGS is working on ways of encouraging children to get more involved in gardening, and in supporting families keen to develop their skills to grow their own food in small gardens and allotments. We are always looking for new ideas on engaging the public at large, and our own members, in expanding their horizons on aspects of growing and enjoying food. Most NOGs get togethers seem to involve eating at some point!
NOGS produces a newsletter 3 times per year which is circulated free to all members. It contains articles on the NOGS programme of events, general organic gardening advice and other topical articles. NOGS has been involved in many projects and in recent years the group have attended local groups and the Green Festival in Nottingham Arboretum promoting composting.
NOGS members are very diverse in age, professions and their types of garden, but the common thread is a group of like-minded individuals who really care about “what they are doing on their own patch” and the wider impact on the environment. The wealth of knowledge through the group is enormous and the willingness of members to share their experience is inspiring. This is NOGs’ great strength. A day at a NOGs workshop learning how to prune or create a pond or work with willow is a very enjoyable experience. A lot of energy, time (and fun!) goes into organising the annual programme and the main events and it is a great way to meet like minded folks, so if you would like to become more involved, why not use the “Contact” page - we’d be delighted to hear from you.