Good Gardeners International

Registered Charity Number: 255300
Shenley, Hertfordshire

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    Richard Higgins meets ministers at the 3rd African Congress for Water and Sanitation, Kigali, Africa



The unique work of Good Gardeners International

has been approved by CRS (Catholic Relief Services) and by WEDC (Water and Enginerring Development Centre) who were also present at our demonstration site at the Haiti earthquake in 2010. NorgesVel  (Roayal Norweigan Society) subsequently contracted us to survey three countries in Africa following the release of these results on our web site We conducted a scale up trial in Kampala 2012 with  them also which proved that one single pair of 1 cubic metre HH-2 waste disposal units could safely and hygeinically digest the sanitation waste from 28 houses weekly, continuously. This along with all the other farm and village wastes is rendered into a safe and saleable fertiliser/soil conditioner in a 90 day period.

This is exactly what Africa needs to turn around rural agriculture that currently throws away such wastes which of course can cause pollution by breeding rats and by contaminating water courses - the single factor that causes the largest loss of life in the world (The World Health Organisation)


Not only that, but the current modern systems of agriculture and horticulture that employ ploughing and digging over the soil, loses valuable moisture and carbon - thus depleting the soil at an alarming rate. This is the main cause of soil erosion and with the depletion of the organic life in the soil, and with the continued use  of chemical fertilisers etc., The world is losing 24 billion tons of topsoil every year. This procedure is reversed with the HH-2 Horticultural System.


This system can directly benefit schools, for instance, in several ways.

  • It educates the ground staff in simple ecological waste management

  • It eliminates the rubbish piles that breed flies and rats and pollution from burning

  • It produces an optimum fertiliser that grows pest and disease free crops

  • It dramatically improves the nutritional content of food produced in their gardens

  • Each strategic school can be an education hub for spreading this knowledge

  • This also can be an income generating activity for them


Currently we have found in our surveys that many school children are not getting green leafy vegetables in their diet. This is due to the cost and indeed the increasing cost of synthetic agricultural chemicals needed to be purchased to prevent the pests that attack these crops and this was found to be the case even in fee paying schools, what to speak of poorer schools.


Malnutrition is the result and this affects the cognitive development of children and the building of a strong immune system. This is all confirmed by groups like the Mother and Child Foundation and The Institute for Brain Chemistry, London etc.,


We were invited to partake in a joint venture with Save the Children in 2014 from their office in Mozambique to start one of our programmes there, but due to missed timing with another NGO who we were contracted to; this was not forthcoming.


We have been welcomed by Pertes’ school, Uganda to do a survey, the budget has been compiled and is awaiting funding...

Since that time we have become a fully registered charity and we are now looking for funding to carry out this work in our own right which will dramatically speed things up and give more people the opportunity to benefit from our ground breaking technology in pest and disease prevention in crops and the improved nutrition for school children and all consumers of food grown in this way.


With over 20 years research we have identified the need and perfected our HH-2 Horticultural System that prepares town and village waste and school waste into an optimum fertiliser in 90 days. This system was approved by Biffa Waste, who inspected the technology and referred to it as ‘Cutting Edge Technology.’ especially as this has not been achieved by western agriculture today. It is unique in that the system is low cost appropriate technology that is easily operated by the townsfolk, villagers and school staff themselves, thus creating income for them.

This is one of the surest ways to bring them out of poverty.

70% of Africans are rural poor. (UNICEF)


The trained managers of the HH-2 system collect the waste products from agriculture, market places, and the home and easily convert it into the optimum fertiliser known as HH-4 as was done in our scale up trials in conjunction with the Makerere University, Kampala.


This fertiliser/soil conditioner is so effective as an optimum fertiliser that it only needs one application a year to render any respective growing system as totally organic, in that it will no longer require any applications of chemical fertilisers, herbicides, pesticides or fungicides.


The result which has been proven and tested for many years on our UK demonstration farm is that in the growing system the soil becomes very dark and fertile and is able to produce crops that are not affected by slugs, snails, caterpillars etc.,


Rothamsted Research


Our revolutionary techniques have attracted many visitors, over the years, to our demonstration farm, on heavy clay soil, in the UK., including Oxfam researchers, NorgesVel, the McCarrison Society (Nutrition), and Professor Crawford (The institute for Brain Chemistry) and recently Rothamsted Research. Their Director witnessed our dark black soil and the harvesting of 24 inch parsnips and 24 inch courgettes from ground that has not been dug or ploughed for 40 years.


The Good Gardeners have since called a meeting with Cranfield University, Rothamsted and NorgesVel to carry out verification trials in both the UK and Mozambique, to continue the work of the Good Gardeners by documenting the increased nutrient uptake by fruits and vegetables grown in this way. This system could not only revolutionise the method of food production in Africa, but the world.


The growing system is kept weed free with the low tech wheeled hoe that cultivates the ground at a walking speed, which is one hundred times faster than hoeing by hand. This immediately frees up school children from working in the fields and with the added income families can return them to school. If, as we propose, this system is taught in schools the children will learn how to grow food this way themselves and Food Security can be culturally restored very simply and easily for future generations. It is by conserving and improving our soil that we will continue to thrive as the intelligent human race.

This is the work of the Good Gardeners International and we hope that you can support us to bring back, ‘what is in Africa, their cultural heritage.’ (professor M. Crawford, Chairman, The Institute of Brain Chemistry)

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Good Gardeners International No.3 Orchard Villa
Porters Park Drive


Phone: 07983 439 171 Overseas mobile 07495230591

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March 2015 March 2014
Total Income £2,905 £3,122
Total Expenditure £2,655 £3,311

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