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. 


Jul
14
1:30 PM13:30

Trip: Repton Organic Gardens

Visit to two organic gardens in Repton, South Derbyshire, 1.30pm to 5.30pm. Admission £8 ( donated to the NGS) for both gardens, to include home-made teas and cakes.

Car-sharing, please liase with us if you have space to share, or need a lift. BOOKING ESSENTIAL AS NUMBERS LIMITED - email contact@nogs.info

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Apr
9
7:15 PM19:15

Talk: Plants for Pigmentation - Audrey Leach

Details

Plants for Pigmentation or Plants for Dyeing

Eating locally produced food has become mainstream in recent years. But for some, simply eating locally grown veggies just doesn't take localism far enough: we should wear them too. Or, more specifically, we should dye our clothes with them.

Audrey Leach heads an organisation called Primary Gardens, put the case for introducing locally grown natural dyes to our gardens.

http://www.weareprimary.org/people/primary-gardens/who

VENUE The Ukrainian Federation Club,
Claremont Road, Sherwood Rise, NG5 1BH
7:15 for 7:30

Free for NOGs members, £2 for visitors - you can join on the evening.

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Mar
12
7:15 PM19:15

Talk: Jo Bradley 'Biodynamic Farming'

Jo Bradley has been running Hungary Lane Farm for many years as a registered organic, biodynamic farm where food production and nature go hand in hand.

All welcome!

Members free, non-members £2 - you can join on the evening.

Venue - The Ukrainian Federation House Social Club, Claremont Road, Sherwood Rise, NG5 1BH

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Mar
2
1:30 PM13:30

SOLD OUT!! SPRING LECTURE: Charles Dowding - No Dig Gardening

Discover original, weed free and time saving methods to achieve superb results in both small and large areas!

Venue: Friends Meeting House

Clarendon Street, Nottingham, NG1 5JD

Tickets £12 (£9 concessions)

SAE and cheques to ‘Nottingham Organic Gardeners’ to NOGS, c/o 10 Buckingham Road, Woodthorpe, Nottingham, NG5 4GE. Also  from Roots Natural Foods, 526 Mansfield Road, Sherwood, Nottingham NG5 2FR PLUS or Five Leaves Bookshop, 14A Long Row, Nott’m NG1 2DH. PLUS https://nogs_springlecture.eventbrite.co.uk

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Feb
12
7:30 PM19:30

Talk: Roger Tanner on "Bagthorpe Gardens and the demand for land."

Roger Tanner is an allotment holder on Bagthorpe Gardens, and a local historian. He’ll be covering the origins of the allotments in the 1840s, the role of James Orange and the Chartists. This promises to be a interesting and timely look at the origins of some of Nottingham’s most unusual allotments.

NEW VENUE The Ukrainian Federation Club, Claremont Road, Sherwood Rise, NG5 1BH

7 for 7:30pm.

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NOG's ANNUAL POTATO DAY!
Jan
26
10:00 AM10:00

NOG's ANNUAL POTATO DAY!

NEW TIMES 10am until 4pm. Arrive early for the most choice!

40+ Varieties of seed potato available at 18p per tuber. Unusual and organic varieties available as well as old favourites. PLUS onion and shallot sets. We supply paper bags but do bring a carrier.

ALSO - bread from Baz the Baker, local honey and homemade produce, the Urban Worm compost, Heritage Seeds by Thomas Etty, and local gardening groups.

CAFE - tea, coffee and cakes. Plus a short talk in the cafe at 2pm on ‘Potato-Growing for Beginners’.

ENTRY - £1 - Free to members of NOGs – you can join on the day

VENUE - the United Reformed Church Hall, 1 Edwards Lane, NG5 3AA (Behind the Sherwood Manor Pub).

Buses - 56,57,58,59,88,89 from Parliament Street to “Sherwood Shops”

Parking - Blue Badge only at the venue – plus local free car parks

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Jan
15
7:30 PM19:30

AGM + Discussion - 101 Reasons To Be Organic! NOTE NEW DATE + VENUE

Join us for our AGM and a light-hearted discussion – 101 reasons to be organic!

Please note our new venue - The Ukrainian Federation Club, Claremont Road, Sherwood Rise, NG5 1BH

Please also note this is the third Tuesday of the month not our usual second Tuesday - this is due to prior booking of the club on the 8th. Back to normal date in February!

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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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