Please join us for a visit to Those Plant People in Steeton on Saturday 19th August, arriving for 10am.
Those Plant People are Andrew and Pippa. They run gardening courses at Fern Cottage throughout the year to help you move from amateur to confident gardener. They also provide a gardening maintenance service.
They also grow and supply their own hardy herbaceous perennial plants, grown and tested in their own borders, and use them in their garden designs as well as selling at specialist plant fairs all across Yorkshire.
Tea, coffee and cakes will be available, free to WYOG members.
If you are coming from Keighley come along the B6265 through Utley. As you are entering Steeton there is a rock on the left with ‘Steeton with Eastburn’ written on it. We are the first drive on the left less than 100m past the rock. The drive is marked ‘Stiverton House’.
If you are coming from Skipton(A629) or Ilkley(A6034) take the turning off the roundabout signposted Steeton and Silsden train station and carry on up station road until the traffic lights. Turn left at the traffic lights along Keighley Road, the road bears to the right round a bend then it is the next driveway on the right. The drive is marked Stiverton House.
Please park in front of the main house or on the cobbled area.
If you are coming by train walk up Station Road to the traffic lights, turn left and walk along Keighley Road. The road bends to the right and we are the first drive on the right, marked Stiverton House. It is about 10-15min walk.
The address is:
If you get lost you can contact
Pippa Chapman 07704178585
Look forward to seeing you there!
15th July: The Bee Event – explore the hives, honey tastings & sales, bee-friendly gardening, wild bee info. 12-4pm
22nd July: Guided Walk. Crook Farm & Baildon Moor. 10am start at BH
26th July: Wild Wednesday!
NB Wild Wednesdays are particularly suitable for younger children (& those who like countryside crafting & activities). They run from 2 to 4pm
2nd August: Wild Wednesday! (see above)
5th August: The Big Butterfly Count. Ties in with Butterfly Conservation’s annual national survey. Experts will be on hand to help you spot & identify butterflies in the garden & in the treetops. 11am-4pm
9th August: Wild Wednesday! With added butterflies!
16th August: Wild Wednesday! 23rd August: Wild Wednesday!
25th August: Guided Family Walk. Meet at Bracken Hall at 10.30am
30th August: Wild Wednesday!
8th-17th September: Saltaire Festival. Special activities each Saturday & Sunday. 8th September: Bat talk then walk with bat detectors. 6.30pm.
All events are FREE! (But donations welcome)
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All children to be accompanied by a responsible adult
Bracken Hall Countryside Centre, Glen Road, Baildon, BD17 5EA Glen Road, Baildon, BD17 5EA
Follow us on Facebook, phone 07933 355 753, or visit http://www.friendsofbrackenhall.org.uk/ for updates
NB Bracken Hall is open every Saturday & Sunday, 12-4pm
What are the fundamental principles behind organic gardening? We know about not using toxic chemicals, but in truth there is more, much more, to creating a resilient and healthy natural growing space.
Garden Organic is pleased to announce the publication of a new booklet which neatly summarises the five organic gardening principles. Feed the soil, encourage wildlife, use resources responsibly, avoid harmful chemicals and keep your growing area healthy. Based on over 60 years of research, the easy to read Principles explains the thinking behind each of the above.
The booklet aims to help you your own growing methods, so that you can progress along the journey towards becoming truly organic. Based on the original Organic Gardening Guidelines, it has helpful Do’s and Don’ts, plus new sections and beautiful illustrations. “This should be a best-seller,” writes one member. “It is packed with important information.”
The Principles of Organic Gardening can be downloaded free of charge from gardenorganic.org.uk/principles. Alternatively, we can send you a copy by post, all we ask is a suggested donation of £2.50 to cover postage and package. You can do this here, selecting ‘Donation for Principles of Organic Gardening’ from the drop down options.
A question which has intrigued those on both sides of the organic fence. Instinctively, organic growers feel that their produce – grown without chemicals and using natural fertilisers – must be safer and more nutritious. We look at research which has been published in the past year, which reveals the difference between organic and conventional produce.
The Expert Committee on Pesticide Residues in Food (PRiF) are planning their 2016 open event. The event is free and is an opportunity for those interested in pesticide residues in food to learn more about the work of the committee and its role in the national food testing programme.
The event will be held on Wednesday 19 October at the National Railway Museum, York.
The theme for this year’s open event is past, present and future of pesticides in food, there will be talks from:
Dr Paul Brantom, Chairman of PRiF, introducing the work of the committee and explaining how the committee check results against safety and legal requirements.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will explain how foods are selected for the programme and how this has changed over time, including information on the latest results and the current testing programme.
Dr Sadat Nawaz and Mike Dickinson from Fera Science Ltd will explain how samples are tested for a wide range of pesticides at low levels, including safeguards on the quality of results.
Chris Wallwork from Agrii Ltd who gives technical advice to farmers and Christian Maltby from Barfoots of Botley, one of the UK’s leading vegetable growers, will give seperare talks explaining how UK farmers adapt to meet the requirements of the law, their customers and the consumer.
We would be very grateful if you could pass information about the event to anyone you think may be interested using, any social media tools that may be available
To book tickets for this free event please visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-expert-committee-on-pesticides-in-food-prif-open-event-2016-tickets-26028769751
Rachel Merrick | Pesticides Policy Team | Health & Safety Executive
Chemicals Regulation Division, Ground Floor, Mallard House,
Kings Pool, 3 Peasholme Green, York, YO1 7PX.
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Join us for the PRiF Open Event 2016 in York. For more details or to book a ticket visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-expert-committee-on-pesticides-in-food-prif-open-event-2016-tickets-26028769751
Gardeners are the natural stewards and protectors of our Earth, and how we garden has never been so important.
Biodynamic gardening methods provides a much needed catalyst for regeneration, which revitalizes soils, nurtures bees, provide safe havens for wildlife, and keep our precious bio-diversity alive.
The aim of biodynamics is to maximize the inherent vitality of our soils and gardens through its use of herbal compost and spray preparations, by harnessing the subtle cosmic forces of nature, building natural resilience with open pollinated seed, and by creating a garden full of harmonious life, which becomes self-sustaining .
Want to discover more?
Packed with hands on practical advice, workshops and captivating lectures, our conference devotes itself to biodynamic approach to gardening, and how to take your organic gardening to a new level of holistic health.
Book your ticket here.
Look forward to seeing you in Sept! – Warm wishes – Jessica Standing (BDA Office UK)
The House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee has just released a damning report on UK Soil Health.
“…. some of the most productive agricultural land in the country is at risk of becoming unprofitable within a generation due to soil erosion” cites the report. “(Although) the Government says it will ensure that all soils are managed sustainably by 2030… our inquiry suggests that the Government’s actions do not match its ambition, and casts doubt on whether we are on track to achieve the 2030 goal.”
The report points out that “Soil, water and air are all essential to human life and society—but of these three, soil is often the forgotten component. Yet soil is crucial to agricultural production, climate change mitigation and adaptation, urban development, and flood risk management. Neglecting the health of our soil could lead to reduced food security, increased greenhouse gas emissions, greater flood risk, and damage to public health.”
Concerns over soil health include
- Around 300,000 hectares of soil are thought to be affected by legacy contamination from the UK’s industrial past. However, local authority duties to clean up contaminated land are compromised by Defra withdrawing capital funding. This presents the real danger that contaminated sites are being left unidentified, with consequential public health impacts.
- Soil is a massive carbon sink, storing three times as much carbon as the atmosphere. Soil carbon is particularly concentrated in peatlands. The UK’s arable soils have seen a worrying decline in carbon levels since 1978, with widespread and ongoing decline in peat soil carbon. At COP21 the Government signed up to a scheme to increase soil carbon levels by 0.4% per year. However, methods to increase soil carbon are not implemented to their full potential. The Government needs to set out specific, measureable and time-limited plans to meet the goal to increase soil carbon, as well as taking take tougher action to tackle land use practices which degrade peat, such as burning of blanket bogs.
- The Government relies on ‘cross-compliance’ rules associated with farm payments to regulate agricultural soil health. However, the rules and their implementation are not sufficient to support the Government’s 2030 ambition to manage soil sustainably. Crucial elements of soil health, such as structure and biology, are not assessed at all. The rules are accompanied by a minimalistic inspection regime which Defra aims to reduce further. Moreover, the rules focus primarily on preventing further damage to soil, when an effective system would also focus on restoration and improvement of soil health.
- The UK lacks an ongoing national-scale monitoring scheme for soil health. Many indicators of soil health change slowly, so it is appropriate to measure only every few years—but successive Governments have neglected to establish a rolling scheme to monitor soil health.
The Government has an ambitious goal to ensure that all soils are managed sustainably by 2030. The report claims that current policy does not put us on a trajectory to meet this goal. Further action is required to back up the Government’s laudable words on soil health. The Government should use its upcoming 25-year environment plan to propose policies to strengthen soil protection, so that policies are not focused merely on damage limitation but encourage restoration and improvement of soil quality & organic matter.
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These are the tomato varieties we are trialling this year, most are short or mid-season varieties, most are worth trying outdoors but ours will be protected, many are heritage varieties which will ‘come true’ and if seed is saved then you’ll never need to buy seed again. Plants are in 2L pots peat free and organically fed, they are developing their first trusses. Supply is on a ‘first come(email/text) first serve basis’ and all are in short supply. All priced at £2.50 and buyer collects. A discount of 50p per plant for WYOG members.
If anyone is interested in trying some different pumpkin, courgette or cucumber varieties (some heritage varieties), then get in touch for a list. I am sowing these in the next week and all plants will be £2.50.
We also have seed from more than 20 different known pumpkin crosses that we have hybridized from our favourite pumpkins. We aim to produce our own variety better suited to our site in Steeton with taste and storage characteristics top of the list. We have the seed but not the space so if anyone is interested in helping us grow, self these plants and then pass on details of taste, storage, a picture, any interesting details and some seeds; then we can speed up this trialling process. Seed provided free of charge, please contact for a list of crosses.
We also hope to trial about 20 heritage pole bean cultivars this year, if anyone is interested in outcome then please get in touch.
Tomato list as follows:
Hungry Hill Pink
San Francisco Fog
Giant Ox Heart
Brandywine Sudduth Strain
Andrew Chapman 07525379565
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Directions: If you are coming from keighley come along the B6265 through Utley. As you are entering Steeton there is a rock on the left with ‘Steeton with Eastburn’ written on it. We are the first drive on the left less than 100m past the rock. The drive is marked ‘Stiverton House’.
If you are coming from Skipton(A629) or Ilkley(A6034) take the turning off the roundabout signposted steeton and silsden train station and carry on up station road untill the traffic lights. Turn left at the traffic lights along Keighley rd, the road bears to the right round a bend then it is the next driveway on the right. The drive is marked ‘Stiverton House’