GetGrowing Gets Going in the UK


This May the very first GetGrowing course was run in the UK. For those not aware this is a hugely successful short course to teach complete novices how to start growing some of their own food, something that Amma’s is urging us to do and is one of the six InDeed pledges. The course has been developed and refined over many years by GreenFriends Ireland and is now being replicated internationally. As we found out even experienced gardeners can gain from the course, and it is good for those with a big or small gardens, an allotment or just a patio or balcony – growing veggies in pots.

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Charter for Trees, Woods and People

The Charter will:-

  • Help to unlock the potential of the UK’s trees and woods.
  • Improve our lives and landscapes.
  • Celebrate the trees in our lives.

You are invited to send in your tree story to the site.

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The fate of the Ganga

India’s dying mother

The BBC investigates the pollution of the River Ganga (Ganges) and how to clean it up.

cp. Amma donates 100 Crore for ‘Namami Gange’ cleaning Ganga project (providing toilets for villages surrounding the River Ganga)

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Today’s visitor

Blue tit 2The blue tit keeps coming close to the house… Read more »

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Nomadic community gardens

Nomadic Community Gardens from Ross Harrison on Vimeo.

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The International Day of Forests

Every year on the International Day of Forests [March 21st] we celebrate the ways in which forests and trees sustain and protect us. This year we are raising awareness of how forests are key to the planet’s supply of freshwater, which is essential for life.


Did you know? 

  • Forested watersheds and wetlands supply 75 percent of the world’s accessible freshwater
  • About one-third of the world’s largest cities obtain a significant proportion of their drinking water directly from forested protected areas
  • Forests act as natural water filters
  • Climate change is influencing the availability of water resources

    Find out about how forests contribute to our water needs by reading our key messages on forests and water.

See the UN site from which this is a quote.

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The £5 wormery

For more information, come to our next event!


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GreenFriends GetGrowing Training Courses in Ireland and the UK 2016

LAST FEW PLACES AVAILABLE TO BOOK FOR UK COURSE: Click here for the booking form


What it is: Inspired by Amma, GetGrowing is a hands-on course that teaches how to grow your own, healthy food easily and successfully in whatever space you have available – be it a piece of land, garden, paved yard or balcony.

The popular course concentrates on the most useful methods to start an organic vegetable garden from scratch, how to sow and plant, care for, feed and protect vegetable plants in harmony with nature. At the same time it provides the basic insight and understanding for raising healthy and vigorous plants year after year. Topics include garden design, crop rotation, beds and container systems, feeding your soil, composting, natural pest control and much more.

The teaching is accompanied by a 100-pages, fully coloured, step by step manual to serve as a reference guide and to refresh and deepen what you have learned during the course. Read more »

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Plant trees with the Woodland Trust’s help

The Woodland Trust can help you:-

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Climate change: how to create heaven on earth

Climate Change – Amma’s message from Amma, Mata Amritanandamayi Devi on Vimeo.

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