Nottingham Organic Gardeners

Promoting sustainable gardening

We are a friendly group in Nottingham, aiming to promote organic and sustainable gardening, and a more localised food culture. We have an Organic Demonstration Garden at Whitemoor Allotments in Nottingham and hold regular events and trips with an organic theme. 


Nov
14
7:30 PM19:30

Talk: The Flower Hive - An Organic Cut Flower Growing Business

Hear the story of the Flower Hive business near Cardiff where Eva started organic flower growing to produce seasonal cut  flowers for weddings and bouquets, including some tips and tricks.

Venue:  The Polish Eagle Club, 2 Sherwood Rise,Carrington,  Nottingham, NG7 6JN

DATE:                                TUESDAY 14th NOVEMBER

Start time:                           7:30 p.m.

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Sep
17
1:00 PM13:00

Birthday Celebrations at our Whitemoor Allotment!

You are welcome to pop along to our demonstration allotment at the Whitemoor Allotment site to celebrate its 10th Birthday and appreciate the hard work of our allotment volunteer team.  If you have never visited now is your chance to see our demonstration plots, polytunnel, composting area and magnificent cabin built by NOGs volunteers.
On the day we will hold mini workshops on mulching and composting, lead informal tours of the plot and you can try our Which Seed Is Which quiz!
There will be light refreshments (bring savouries or cake to share if you like!) and we will also have a produce stall where you can donate or offer for sale surplus produce, jams, chutneys, pickles or plants etc.

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Jun
13
7:30 PM19:30

Talk: Introduction to Permaculture

Speaker: Samantha Woods of Graceworks Leicester, a Permaculture Project in Leicester city that enables communities to live happy healthy lives in the limits of our planet. Graceworks demonstrates a model for sustainable livelihood – that is, to make a living without damaging the health of the environment, the economy, the community or the individual. Graceowork's aim is to strengthen local communities and make them more resilient. Contributing to the creation of a sustainable and just food system.
Permaculture is the creative design of an ecologically sound way of living in our households, gardens, communities and businesses. It is created by cooperating with nature and caring for the earth and its people.

 

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Apr
15
1:30 PM13:30

Spring Lecture - Nick Hamilton, How to have Vegetables All Year Round

Nick is the son of Geoff Hamilton, gardener, broadcaster and author, best known as presenter of BBC’s Gardeners’ World in the 1980’s and 90’s. He has taken over the running of Barnsdale Gardens and developed it into the inspirational garden it is today. It’s still based on organic and peat free principles and attracting 30,000 visitors a year. He is a “hands on” gardener, regularly contributing to gardening magazines, tutors most of the courses run at Barnsdale and appears on “Gardeners’ World” from time to time. He still finds time to display at the Chelsea Flower Show and fulfil his role as President of the Cottage Garden Society.
Tickets £7 / £5 concession - available from work parties on the NOGs allotment or to reserve tickets:
Email to contact@nogs.info or send a Facebook message. 
Cheques to “Nottingham Organic Gardeners” 
Also from Roots Natural Foods, 526 Mansfield Road, Sherwood, Nottingham

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Apr
11
7:30 PM19:30

Talk: The History of Allotments

Sally is a treasure trove of information about plants and gardening! She specialises in restoring historical gardens and designing for people wanting an unique experience, for example a tropical garden in the Midlands! She has a long association with Garden Organic (formerly HDRA) and designed the Cuban Garden at the gardens at Ryton on Dunsmore, Warwickshire.

As Nottingham has the oldest large allotment site in Europe, it will be interesting to put this in context.

All are welcome - it's free to NOGs members and £2 to visitors, and you can join on the evening.

Venue: The Polish Eagle Club, Clumber Avenue, Sherwood Rise, Nottingham

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Mar
14
7:30 PM19:30

Talk: Plant Diseases and Diagnostics

Matthew Dickenson is the Professor of Plant Pathology at the University of Nottingham, and we are very pleased to have him as our March speaker. We can expect a fascinating talk with some real science!
All are welcome - it's free to NOGs members and £2 to visitors, and you can join on the evening.

Venue: The Polish Eagle Club, Clumber Avenue, Sherwood Rise, Nottingham

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Feb
14
7:30 PM19:30

NOGs Talk: The Urban Worm in Cuba and the US

Anna de la Vega is director of The Urban Worm, a company providing repurposed wheelie bins as wormeries in Nottingham. She is dedicated to building a sustainable soil and reducing waste by using worms to create 'Black Gold'. Last summer she spent several weeks travelling in the US and Cuba to learn from vermiculturalists there, through the Winston Churchill Fellowship. We are very pleased to have Anna to come to tell us what she discovered on a fascinating trip.

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Jan
28
10:00 AM10:00

Potato Day

The place to get your seed potatoes for 2017!

We sell varieties by the tuber which means you can try lots of different varieties rather than having just one. We source organic tubers where possible and hunt down unusual and heritage varieties often forgotten by some.

Tubers are priced at a very reasonable price of 18p each

There will be advice on growing potatoes by local gardeners on the day. Onion sets, shallots and homemade produce will also be for sale.

TO FIND US - The United Reformed Church is located behind the Sherwood Manor Pub on Mansfield Road. The postcode is NG5 3AA for those who wish to use a sat nav.

Google maps - http://g.co/maps/chhcr

Entry is £1
Entry is free to members of Nottingham Organic Gardeners. To join the group ask for details on the day and entrance fee will be refunded.

PARKING - there is limited parking at the venue for disabled only. Please use the local free car parks. Or catch the 56, 58, 88 or 89 to 'Sherwood Shops'.

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Jan
10
7:30 PM19:30

AGM + Gardeners Questions

It's time for our Annual General Meeting where we choose our committee and give members a chance to see our accounts, ask questions, vote on important issues. We expect it to be brief but thorough. Afterwards we're having a 'Gardener's Question Time'-style session so let us know any questions! Members and non-members are welcome.

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Talk and Practical: December Wreath Making
Dec
13
7:30 PM19:30

Talk and Practical: December Wreath Making

Come and learn and make a wreath full of organic materials from your garden, led by our fantastic committee member Karen Fry. More details to follow

Free to members, £2 to non-members.

Our regular monthly talks are held at The Polish Eagle Club on Sherwood Rise, they are held on the second Tuesday of the Month at this location (September to June) at 7.30pm.  

Our meetings between June - September are normally at the allotment or out and about around Nottingham. 

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Talk: “Exploring the affinity of human beings for nature"
Nov
8
7:30 PM19:30

Talk: “Exploring the affinity of human beings for nature"

Audrey Leach from Primary Gardens, Nottingham will talk to us on “Exploring the affinity of human beings for nature" exploring social and therapeutic horticulture.

Free to members, £2 to non-members.

Our regular monthly talks are held at The Polish Eagle Club on Sherwood Rise, on the second Tuesday of the Month at this location (September to June) at 7.30pm.  

Our meetings between June - September re normally at the allotment or out and about around Nottingham. 

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Oct
11
7:30 PM19:30

Talk: 'Moving towards the Food Sovereignty of Nottingham City'

How did  research in Uganda lead to Moorgreen Veg, a micro-scale social enterprise? Hear from Bridget Leadbeater about how her work on semi-subsistence, small-scale banana cultivation inspired a project cultivating fresh produce, supplying the newly established Nottingham Mapperley Food Assembly online farmers’ market. 

Lisa Gertson will show how The Food Assembly has opened the door for small-scale local growers like Moorgreeen Veg to share and sell their produce locally. This mobilisation of allotmenteers, gardeners and small-scale producers has the potential to significantly support an ecologically sustainable supply of fresh produce in Nottingham city.

Takes place at The Polish Eagle Club. Members (free) and non-members (£2) all welcome.

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Aug
9
6:45 AM06:45

Summer Evening Walk - The Devil's Elbow and Diamond Wood

A lovely walk through historic Sutton Bonington and along the River Soar/Grand Union Canal, plus we hope to visit Diamond Wood, a new native woodland and meadows planted in 2012 by Nottingham University staff and students and the local community.

4 ½ miles, level ground, some stiles. May be muddy so wear suitable shoes/boots, and nettles have had a good year so shorts-wearers beware! And need I mention mozzie repellent…?

Meeting at Sutton Bonington church 6:45 for a prompt start at 7pm. There’s a small car park and roadside parking.

We’ll be heading north along the footpath off Soar Lane to the Soar at Station Road, then following the river west and south to Devil’s Elbow, a tight bend in the river. Just after here, if the dusk has not overtaken us, we can explore Diamond Wood, maybe spotting some bats and moths! Return to the village via Pasture Lane. There are shorter option for if the weather’s not good, or if we have been having a particularly social amble!

Several pubs in village for afterwards is wished – the Kings Head and the Anchor Inn both listed by Camra. (NB The King’s Head does not serve food on Tuesday).

Buses: not many - University Hopper Bus 901 is limited in holidays; Skylink Nottingham will get you there but not back! Car-sharing an option, please do ask.

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Mar
12
1:30 PM13:30

Spring Lecture - The Work of The Soil Association with Helen Browning

Helen Browning OBE is Chief Executive of the Soil Association and chairs the Food Ethics Council, as well as being an organic farmer in North Wiltshire. Join us to hear about the campaigning work of the Soil Association on soils, bees, pesticides and much more.

 

Tickets

£5 / £3

 

Tickets available from work parties on the NOGs allotment

Cheques to “Nottingham Organic Gardeners”

Send SAE to: 54 Lamcote Grove, Nottingham NG2 2GY

£5 / £3 concession

Also from Roots Natural Foods, 526 Mansfield Road, Sherwood, Nottingham

WHERE

Friends Meeting House

Clarendon Street, Nottingham, NG1 8JD

PARKING

Limited parking at the venue – please use local car parks or public transport

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Talk - "Not just Apples and Pears"
Feb
9
7:30 PM19:30

Talk - "Not just Apples and Pears"

Talk by Tracey Akehurst. She works at the Clumber Park kitchen garden and gives talks and presentations to varied audiences –  gardening clubs, allotment holders and other interested groups. She has come to talk to us before and we like her talk on chillies so much that we have invited her back! 

ADMISSION PRICE: £2 visitors 

Free to members of Nottingham Organic Gardeners (yearly subscription of £10/concession £7.00) and you can join on the night. 

Non-members £2.00 - everybody is welcome!

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Talk - An Afternoon with Alys Fowler, Further Adventures in Growing Food
Mar
14
2:00 PM14:00

Talk - An Afternoon with Alys Fowler, Further Adventures in Growing Food

Alys Fowler, BBC Gardening presenter, Guardian correspondent, and author of The Edible Garden, is on a mission to show us how to create an edible paradise of even the smallest urban garden. Come and be inspired by Alys's infectious spirit as she talks to us about all the weird and wonderful things she has grown and eaten since she last came to Nottingham.

Tickets £7
Tickets available from work parties on the NOGs allotment or meetings. Cheques to “Nottingham Organic Gardeners” 
Send SAE to: 54 Lamcote Grove, Nottingham NG2 2GY
Also from Roots Natural Foods, 526 Mansfield Road, Sherwood, Nottingham

Friends Meeting House
Clarendon Street, Nottingham, NG1 8JD

Limited parking at the venue – please use local car parks or public transport

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Talk - The Future of Garden Organic
Mar
10
7:30 PM19:30

Talk - The Future of Garden Organic

Garden Organic is the leading Charity focusing on Organic Gardening. Garden Organic, formerly known as the Henry Doubleday Research Association (HDRA), is a UK organic growing charity dedicated to researching and promoting organic gardening, farming and food. The charity maintains the Heritage Seed Library to preserve vegetable seeds from heritage cultivars and make them available to growers.

Nottingham Organic Gardeners is a group affiliated to Garden Organic, we have had trips to the Garden Organic site at Ryton, attended gardening conferences run by Garden Organic and had a speaker/workshop from the charity. As a group some of our profits are often donated to Garden Organic to support the work they do and a lot of our group members are also members of Garden Organic and the Heritage Seed Library. 

For more information see the Garden Organic Website - http://www.gardenorganic.org.uk/ 
James Campbell has worked in the field of Sustainability for 20 years, with an emphasis on people and the environment, and has also worked in the public and private sectors in the UK and internationally. Prior to joining Garden Organic, he headed up the international development team at global environmental NGO, Earthwatch.


Nottingham Organic Gardeners 

ADMISSION PRICE: £2 Non-members £2.00 - everybody is welcome!

Free to members of Nottingham Organic Gardeners (yearly subscription of £10/concession £7.00/family £15)

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Annual Potato Day
Jan
31
10:00 AM10:00

Annual Potato Day

The POTATO DAY for Nottingham is BACK!

Entry fee is £1

Entry is free to members of Nottingham Organic Gardeners. To join the group officially and be a paid up member ask for details on the day and entrance fee will be refunded.

Our annual Potato Day gives local people the opportunity to buy seed potatoes by the tuber and choose from over 40 varieties. Our members enjoy this busy community day and bring home-made produce to sell and cakes to eat. 

Where possible we source organically grown, heritage and unusual varieties.

Potato Days are held throughout the country so everyone can choose varieties suitable to their soil and taste, and we organic gardeners can select for blight, scab and pest resistance. We sell potatoes by the tubor so you can try as many varieties as possible for the cheapest price. Only 18p per tuber this means you can choose lots of varieties and pay a great price. 

Potato Day is held at the end of January to give plenty of time for chitting and an early start if the weather allows!

 Additional information available. Lists of varieties will be posted here and emailed out to our members closer to the date. 

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AGM and gardening quiz
Jan
13
7:30 PM19:30

AGM and gardening quiz

Hi all Its the Nottingham Organic Gardeners AGM on Tuesday  13th January , 7.30 pm at Hotel Deux, Clumber Avenue. We aim to keep it quite short but to cover everything that's needed and give everyone a chance to contribute if they want to.We're always looking for new people to come on the committee - so if you'd like to join in, please let us know.

 

The current officers, Secretary, Treasurer and Chairman are willing to carry on for 2015, but as always, if anyone wants to stand for these positions, that's ok too.

 

The AGM is a short affair to ensure our constitution is mantained, Richard has set another gardening quiz for afterwards, so I'm sure it will be a good sociable evening - hope you can make it.

 

Come along and make a good start to the New Year!

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Talk - Franchi, Seeds of Italy
Oct
14
7:30 PM19:30

Talk - Franchi, Seeds of Italy

Tuesday 14 October 7.30pm Hotel Deux, Clumber Avenue, Sherwood Rise
Paulo Arrigo from Franchi - seeds of Italy

Paulo Arrigo will be joining us from Franchi Seeds of Italy.
This independent company has been in the same family for 7 generations, having been established in 1783. The company sells seeds and some food and specialist cooking ingredients direct from producers. Hope you can join us for what should be an entertaining and informative evening

 

For more information see the Franchi seeds website - http://www.seedsofitaly.com

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