1st Feb 2018

Food Durham was delighted to welcome over 160 people to Bowburn Community Centre last night to hear acclaimed innovator Charles Dowding give a talk on no-dig organic growing.

From left to right: Hannah Murray-Leslie (Growing Durham), Charles Dowding, Dr Liz Charles (Food Durham), Peter Samsom (Growing Durham)

Charles is a well-known author having written nine books; he also writes for national and international magazines, runs a You Tube channel with over 1.8 million views and has appeared on TV and radio including BBC Gardeners World.

Food Durham, a project hosted by Durham Community Action, supports the production of sustainable food in County Durham. Within this project, Growing Durham is a project that supports new and existing community growing groups across the county, creating a network of schemes that will help to improve everyone’s access to fresh vegetables, herbs and fruit.

Dr Liz Charles, Project Manager for Food Durham said of the event:

“Charles Dowding gave us a fascinating account of his many years of gardening successfully using ‘no dig’ techniques. He managed to hold the interest of the audience of gardeners for nearly an hour and a half, and send us away motivated to try something new.  The ‘no dig/no till’ method of growing food is gaining a lot of attention as the understanding of the importance of caring for the soil has grown, helped by the FAO’s International Year of the Soil in 2015. We all depend on soil for our existence, so learning to look after it is vital and small-scale gardeners can play their part in this by adopting Charles’ methods.”

After the talk Charles tweeted that he had “loved the questions and chatting afterwards.” (@charlesdowding)

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