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06.06.05
Organic herb pack launch at Cornwall Show

New ranges of organic culinary and medicinal potted herbs make their first appearance at the Royal Cornwall Show this week (9th – 11th June). Westcountry Organic Herbs, based at Coads Green near Launceston, have designed five different packs each containing six varieties of fresh herbs for people to grow at home.

With a pesto, Italian, French, English and medicinal pack to choose from there is something for everyone, says nursery owner Derek Stride. "Organic herbs have a wonderful, intense aroma and flavour which can't be matched in my opinion," said Mr Stride. "And our herb packs come with their own uniquely designed mini greenhouse so it's easy for people to keep the plants on a window sill where they should last two to three months."

Cornish design company Type High from North Petherwin, Launceston, were commissioned to come up with a design to extend the life of potted herbs in accordance with Soil Association principles.

Organic South West, now based at Bodmin, supported Westcountry Organic Herbs' new development, as project manager Traci Lewis explains. "We promote organic food and farming in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and when Mr Stride came to us to ask about launching this new product we were keen to get involved, so we have helped him to develop packaging which will sustain the plants for more than just a few days. In fact these herbs will do well if transferred into gardens for an even longer life. It's a great idea and a first for Cornwall."

The herb packs will be available by mail order later this summer but samples will be exhibited for the first time at the Royal Cornwall Show in the WFU Food and Farming Marquee on the Soil Association stand number 401. Local chefs will be using the fresh organic herbs as they do their live cookery demonstrations to encourage visitors to experience the 'great taste of organic' for themselves at Organic South West's stand. Westcountry Organic Herbs are also holding a prize draw for visitors completing their questionnaire at the stand.

For further information contact Traci Lewis, project manager, Organic South West on 07870 268654 or Organic South West office on 01208 78988.

The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has invested in Organic South West through the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF).

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Editor's notes:

Contact for more information and interviews:

Derek Stride, Westcountry Organic Herbs on 01566 782064 or mobile 07815 973616 (a digital image of a herb pack is available for reproduction on request).

Traci Lewis, project manager, Organic South West on 0787 0268654

Or: Organic South West office on 01208 78988

Organic South West and Westcountry Organic Herbs will be at the Royal
Cornwall Show in the WFU Food & Farming Marquee everyday. Please come and meet us.

Organic South West is a Soil Association project part funded by the EAGGF and Defra under the Objective One Programme to grow the organic market in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

For more information visit: www.organicsouthwest.org.

Press release issued by Emma Parkin on behalf of Organic South West.
Telephone: 01392 490009

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Clare Morgan
Media Relations Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Mobile: 07973 813647
Telephone: 01872 223439

cmorgan@cornwall.gov.uk

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