06 Dec SE Essex Organic Gardeners (SEEOG)
Every year, thousands of litres of pesticides are used on our pavements, road verges, school grounds, parks and other places where we live, work and play?
We know a lot more now because one of our members very kindly volunteered to attend the Pesticide Action Network (PAN) workshop ‘Local Campaigning for Healthy Towns and Cities: stopping the use of pesticides’ at the end of September. This day was a chance to discuss how to end the use of pesticides in our towns and cities, through local community campaigning and activism. We want to do a lot more work on this in 2020. You can learn more about PAN’s work at https://www.pan-uk.org/pesticide-free/
But do you know that pesticides aren’t just used in agriculture? A wide range of different pesticides (including insecticides, herbicides, fungicides and rodenticides) are used in our towns and cities. In fact, other than residues in food, the most common way for the majority of people in the UK to be exposed to pesticides is through spending time in urban, public areas.
We can make change happen. Recent decisions to go pesticide-free by Glastonbury, Lewes, Hammersmith & Fulham and other councils across the UK are all a result of local people campaigning for change.
Saturday 8 February 2020, 10:00 –14:00: Seed Potato Day at Growing Together Westcliff – Free admission!
This event is organised and run entirely by volunteers from both ‘SEEOG’ and local charity, Trust Links. We have currently ordered over 40 varieties of seed potato (some organic), to be sold individually at 20p per tuber (one free tuber for every five bought). There will also be some onion sets for sale. So what’s not to like? It’s a real community event.
You can catch up with us on our social media page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/43705483846/ or by visiting our website at http://seeog.org.uk/