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Since we started our website a couple of years ago, we have been really overwhelmed by the lively interactions, not only on the site, but also on social media. With over 2,000 Facebook likes, 4,000 Twitter followers and a steady number of Google+ and YouTube subscribers, we can see the passion and commitment of all you gardeners out there.
We have been contacted by Silver River Productions, a TV company based in London who are looking to recruit some dedicated allotment gardeners for a BBC2 show ‘The Big Allotment Challenge’.  
Over the past five or so years the demand for allotment growing space has been astronomical, and many of us (myself included) were put on long waiting lists before we managed to secure our patch of heaven.
We have reported on this issue a few times since our launch last year, but it seems that the battle to save farm terrace is just starting to heat up.  The campaign team is now looking to raise a serious amount of cash - £30k to be exact to challenge the Secretary of State's decision in the courts.
The UK's recent run of damp summers could be down to a cyclical warming of the Atlantic Ocean. That was the view of scientists and meteorologists who gathered at the Met Office to discuss the unusual weather patterns of recent years. They said that this 10 to 20 year pattern of Atlantic warming was shifting the jet stream, leading to washouts in six of the last seven summers. But they suggested that the pattern would…
With over 7500 plots on 115 sites Birmingham City Council claims to have the largest number of plots of any local authority in the UK. It is inviting gardeners to apply for the 1000 plots they currently have empty, which is a staggering figure considering the waiting lists elsewhere. And on top of that tenants will receive free seeds and guides on growing.
The Co-operative Group is rolling out an innovative recycling scheme that will divert all food store waste away from landfill, whilst radically reducing road miles and operating costs. The Co-operative, which has one of the largest and most diverse food retail estates across the UK, is extending its waste back-haul initiative to more than 2,800 food stores. The scheme, which maximises recycling and anaerobic digestion processes and minimises the use of incineration, will divert more than…
Scientists have used plant samples collected in the mid-19th Century to identify the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine.
UK fruit growers could enjoy a much improved harvest of apples and pears this year, after 2012's growing season saw a dismal outcome, experts believe.
Earlier this week Agriculture Minister David Heath gave a stark warning to Britons, suggesting that we may have to grow much more of our own food in future.
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