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
13
7:30 PM19:30

Talk: Gardening above the Severn Estuary, Adam Alexander

Join us at the Polish Eagle Club, Clumber Street, Sherwood Rise, to hear tales from Adam Alexander. Adam works for Garden Organic, he's a horticulturist and avid vegetable grower and seed collector, particularly endangered varieties and less well known crops from all round the world especially the far East. Will bring seeds!!

Members free, visitors £2

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Aug
14
6:30 PM18:30

NOGs Water Workshop

Whether we are sizzling in the heat, or splodging round in puddles, we need to know how to manage water in gardens and allotments. Share your knowledge and the expertise of the NOGs allotment volunteers at our Water Workshop. The workshop will include a tour of our watering set-up followed by the option of learning how to make a water butt or how soil management can help in both drought and downpour.

Followed by refreshments and a discussion on drought-tolerant plants - your experiences from this summer are welcomed!
NB START TIME 6:30pm at the allotment,Whiremoor Allotments, Wilkinson Street, NG8 5PF , nr Wilkinson Street tram stop.

Free event for NOGs members, supporters and friends welcomed £2 donation requested as usual.
Please RSVP so we know numbers to expect.

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Jul
29
8:30 PM20:30

Coach Trip - Batsford Arboretum and Kiftsgate Court Gardens

Sunday 29th July Coach trip to Batsford Arboretum and Kiftsgate Court, West Midlands.

This year’s outing will take in two lovely locations starting with Batsford Arboretum and Garden Centre and moving on to Kiftsgate Court. Batsford Arboretum in Gloucestershire is home to one of the largest private tree and shrub collections in the country. There are 56 acres of woodland garden to explore, plus an award-winning visitor centre with a gift and plant shop, and cafe.

Kiftsgate is set on the edge of the Cotswold escarpment and is the creation of three generations of women gardeners. It features several rare plants and shrubs including the world famous Kiftsgate rose.

We will leave from outside the entrance to the Whitemoor allotments on Wilkinson Street at 8.30 a.m. The journey will take approximately 2.5 hours including a comfort break, and we will spend a few hours at Batsford before making the short journey (c.30 minutes) to Kiftsgate Court. We should arrive back in Nottingham by 7.30 p.m. at the very latest.

The cost per person will be £30.00 to include travel and entrance fees. PAYMENT DUE BY FRIDAY 29th JUNE PLEASE. Contact Jo Birchmore jobirchmore@yahoo.co.uk or 0115 9606870 if you would like to reserve a place.

 

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Jul
10
6:30 PM18:30

NOGs St Ann’s Allotments Guided Tour

NOGs St Ann’s Allotments Guided Tour
St Ann’s Allotments, Nottingham, is a very special, indeed unique allotment site. It is the oldest and largest area of Victorian detached town gardens in the world and is listed Grade 2* by English Heritage. The site covers 75 acres and is a green jewel in the heart of the city. Join us on a special tour to include a visit to the heritage garden, guided tour of the site plus tea and coffee.
We will meet John, who will be running the tour, at the allotment gate on Ransom Road at around 6.15, then congregate near the Visitors Centre and set off from there. (Please note that the Visitors Centre will not be open).
£5 donation please contact Eric to book on 07710 698860 (text if possible) or via email at contact@nogs.info
Bus: 40, 41 and 42 then a short walk up the lower part of Ransom Road.
Parking: nearby on Ransom Road.

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May
8
7:30 PM19:30

Event: Plant and Seed swap

Our annual Plant and Seed Swap at The Polish Eagle Club, Sherwood Rise. Bring your spare seedlings to share and take home something different! Remember to bring a tray or box to take goodies home in.
(You don't actually need to have any plants to bring, you can give us a donation instead.) Seeds, pots and trays, etc. welcome for swapping too.
And stay for a sociable chat afterwards!
All welcome - free to members and £2 to non-members - and you can join on the evening.

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Feb
17
1:30 PM13:30

Annual Spring Lecture - A Passionate Gardener

Adam Frost  "How to Approach Planting Design"

Gardeners’ World presenter and Chelsea Flower Show garden designer Adam Frost shares his top tips on creating your very own back garden sanctuary (with an obvious influence towards organic techniques). He credits his love of horticulture from his earliest childhood memories, to working with Geoff Hamilton at Barnsdale Gardens, before going solo in 1996 for the rollercoaster ride of designing multiple award winning show gardens! He enjoys passing on his knowledge and travels all over the world speaking to people about his ‘Journey so far.’ From a lifetime in the garden, Adam’s talks are always full of amusing stories, as well as advice and inspiration for anyone hoping to expand their horticultural knowledge.

Doors open 1.30pm for 2pm start

 Tickets £10 / £8.50

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

WHERE

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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Jan
27
10:00 AM10:00

Annual Potato Day

40+ varieties of seed potato available for sale by the individual tuber.

Unusual and organic varieties AND advice on growing potatoes by local gardeners. Plus onion sets, shallots and homemade produce for sale.

Refreshments / teas, coffee and cakes

Local community groups and stalls

ENTRY £1

Free to members of Nottingham Organic Gardeners

To join ask for details on the day

WHERE   

United Reformed Church, Sherwood

1 Edwards Lane

NG5 3AA

(Behind the Sherwood Manor Pub)

Buses 56,57,58,59,88,89 from Parliament Street. Get off at

“Sherwood Shops” stop.

PARKING

No parking at the venue – please use local free car parks

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Jan
9
7:30 PM19:30

AGM + Produce Tasting and Information Session

Happy New Year everyone!
It's time for our Annual General Meeting where we choose our officers and committee and give members a chance to see our accounts, ask questions, and vote on important issues. We expect it to be brief but thorough. Afterwards we are having an informal 'Preserved Produce Information and Tasting Session' which, with luck, may also include the guest appearance of some sour dough culture! Let us know if you would like to join in with any samples.

Venue: The POLISH EAGLE CLUB 2 SHERWOOD RISE NOTTINGHAM NG7 6JN, pedestrian entrance via Clumber Avenue just opposite Hotel Deux, local street parking and in club car park between club building and adjacent church, access off Sherwood Rise.

We would like to encourage new committee members. The committee consists of the three officers and up to 8 ordinary members. If you would consider offering your services or you could persuade someone to put their hand up, it would be great. The only qualification needed is to be a paid up member, please make yourselves known on the evening or before if possible.

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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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