About the client

Garden Organic (GO) are a UK charity with the aim to share and promote the benefits of organic growing through campaigning, advice, community work and research. Their work has so far reached more than 3 million people around the world.

In addition to their central work, Garden Organic own and manage the Ryton Organic Gardens project and visitor centre in Coventry. They also manage a number of additional projects within the gardening sector, including the Heritage Seed Library collection and school educational programme, Food Growing Schools: London (FGSL).

Our work for Garden Organic

GO's website - www.gardenorganic.org.uk - is built in Drupal and had previously been developed and supported by a smaller agency who weren't specialists in Drupal. Go we finding that the support and response times they were getting from their agency were no longer suitable to their needs so turned to Adaptive for their ongoing support and development needs for the site.

First we undertook a Drupal site audit and produced our findings and recommendations as documents which were discussed and reviewed by GO. Work was then scheduled in on the key initial recommendation requirements, which included applying outstanding Drupal updates and  setting up a SSL Certificate for the site to ensure it ran securely under https.

At the same time as we began supporting the main GO website, one of the organisation's key projects - Food Growing Schools - was in need of a replacement for their previous website.

Using the Drupal Domains Access module, we were able to create the new site within the same Drupal installation as the main Garden Organic website - leaving them still with just a single installation to host and maintain going forward for the whole organisation.

A custom theme was created for the FGSL site based on the existing project branding and suitable roles and permissions were set up across the Drupal installation to enable FGSL content to be created and managed completely separately from the existing Garden Organic content, but with the option for both sites to share common content if and when applicable.

Content was manually migrated to the new website by FGSL's communications team with support from Adaptive. The previous site also had a blog section powered by Wordpress, which we were able to successfully migrate over lock-stock and then re-theme to match the look and feel of the new Drupal website.

The next major project underway for GO is to fully integrate their Drupal website with their Membership CRM system, ThankQ. Currently, the integration is provided by a separate member portal created and hosted by ThankQ themselves. However, this is proving limiting in how it can integrate with the website.

We have therefore just commenced work on creating a suite of custom modules for the Drupal website which integrate with the ThankQ API to replicate and improve upon the functionality currently provided by the standalone portal. This work is due to be completed and launched in Spring 2018.

Client feedback

"We're enjoying working alongside Adaptive to improve our website, both for our members who visit regularly, to those discovering Garden Organic for the first time. From the shortlisting process and initial discussions, we're confident we're in very safe hands."

Hannah Rogers, Head of Membership, Marketing and Communications at Garden Organic

"The team at Adaptive were really responsive and supportive throughout the whole process and ensured everything went smoothly. They did a great job of breaking down the complex, technical talk into simpler, more manageable steps while helping me learn a lot along the way. I'm glad we chose to work with Adaptive on this project and proud of what we achieved in a short time frame."

Adam Wright, Communications Executive, Garden Organic's Food Growing Schools (FGSL) project

"Adaptive were quick to understand the needs of the project and to help with identifying what our key requirements were. The team worked well with us and our partner organisations to ensure a smooth transition!" 

Colette Bond, Head of Education for Garden Organic and FGSL Project Manager

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