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Dundee Flower and Food Festival 2013

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Public event
6-8 September 2013: £7-£10
at Camperdown Park, Dundee DD2 4TF
for the general public
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The James Hutton Institute will be joined by colleagues from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and the Wellcome Trust as they invite members of the public to 'Know your soil'  at the annual Dundee Flower and Food Festival. In a change of location from previous years visitors will be able to meet us in the Floral Hall.

We will be demonstrating that soil is a living organism, using a microscope to show what, and how micro and macro fauna, like worms, benefit the soil.

Visitors will also be able to see how soil health can reduce pests and increase productivity within plants and crops and learn what can be done to promote soil health, and why this is important to horticultural and farming.

We will aim to discuss the use of copper tools to promote soil health and reduce pest species, in particular slugs, which for many gardeners are a pet hate.

Special guests at this year's Dundee Flower and Food Festival include Great British Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood on the Saturday and gardening expert Christine Walkden on Saturday and Sunday. 


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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.