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06.07.05
South West Plans For Organic Week 2005

Organic Week, the UK's largest celebration of organic food and farming, takes place from 3rd to 11th September 2005 and producers in South West England are planning some tasty events. Organic Week, now in its eleventh year is organised by the Soil Association, the country's leading organisation certifying and promoting organic food.

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, who will once again take part in Organic Week says: "Buy local and organic and you have the satisfaction of knowing you have contributed to the diversity and vitality of the countryside around you."

This year's theme is 'A feast of flavours' and Organic South West, which promotes organic food and farming in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, is encouraging people to enjoy the great taste of organic food. A number of events are planned around Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, so that as many people as possible can find out that food produced in harmony with nature can also be delicious and nutritious. For details visit www.soilassociation.org/organicweek, or call Organic South West on 01208 78988.

A number of Cornish organic producers are heading up to Bristol for the Soil Association's fourth and highly popular Organic Food Festival that takes place around Bristol's lively harbourside on 3rd and 4th September 2005. Carleys of Cornwall, Barwick and Helsett Farms, Roskillys and Origin will all attend to promote Cornish fare along with Organic South West. Over 40,000 people attended the Festival in 2004.

Organic farms around the South West will open their gates to the public, with events for all the family on the 'Organic Experience Weekend' on 10th and 11th September 2005. Find out how organic farmers care for their animals and the environment, enjoy tractor and trailer rides and taste fresh, local organic food. Many farms have shops and cafes where you can buy your favourite organic fare.

For more information contact Laura Wellington of Organic South West on 01208 78988, or email: lwellington@soilassociation.org, or visit: www.organicsouthwest.org.

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

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Editor's notes:

Celebrity Support
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, who will once again take part in Organic Week, says, "Buy local and organic and you have the satisfaction of knowing you have contributed to the diversity and vitality of the countryside around you."

Jamie Oliver says, "I want to cook with the best ingredients and that's why I support the Soil Association. They're working to ensure that food is the way it should be: healthy, tasty and grown with nature."

Sophie Grigson says, "I eat organic and use organic ingredients where I can because I believe it is a logical step when you think more carefully about where your food comes from."

Sponsors
Organic Week is sponsored by Hambleden Herbs, Highland Spring and Whole Earth Foods.

The Organic Food Festival is organised by the Soil Association in partnership with Yeo Valley Organic. The event is also supported by additional sponsorship from Green & Blacks, Suma, Freshwater Company, the Village Bakery and Attwoolls.

Press release issued and distributed on behalf of Organic South West by Emma Parkin, PR and Media. Tel. 01392 490009 or email: em.parkin@blueyonder.co.uk.

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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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