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Garden Organic nominated in the Great British Growing Awards

Garden Organic nominated in the Great British Growing Awards

We were thrilled to hear that we have been nominated for two categories in the Great British Growing Awards, run by magazine Grow Your Own – Best Gardening Organisation and Most Inspiring Vegetable Garden to Visit for our Warwickshire showcase organic gardens, Ryton Organic Gardens. “Being shortlisted for these awards is a fantastic achievement for […]

Sunshine and celebration at the 2015 National Volunteer Masters Conference

Sunshine and celebration at the 2015 National Volunteer Masters Conference

Garden Organic welcomed more than one-hundred of our volunteer Master Gardeners and Composters to the Annual Masters Conference at Ryton Organic Gardens last Saturday, 19th September 2015. Master Gardeners and Composters are volunteers with a passion for growing organic food and composting.  The Masters are trained to offer support and encouragement to people who’d like […]

Report Published – Growing for health and happiness

Report Published – Growing for health and happiness

  Master Gardeners have the important and exciting role of supporting people to grow their own.  Research conducted by Coventry University has now revealed the essential health impacts of such enthusiastic volunteers, together with significant social benefits and environmental improvements. The innovative Master Gardener Programme began in 2009 with funding from the Big Lottery Fund’s […]

Helping communities grow – the impact of Master Gardener volunteers

Helping communities grow – the impact of Master Gardener volunteers

Hundreds of Garden Organic volunteers have helped tens of thousands of people to benefit from growing food since we launched the Master Gardener Programme in April 2010. In November 2013, we won the prestigious national ‘Education and Learning’ award from the BIG Lottery Fund’s Local Food Scheme – a £59.8 million national grant programme. We […]

What happened at November training: propagation, harvest celebration, top tips

What happened at November training: propagation, harvest celebration, top tips

We hosted lively training days across England in November 2013 as part of Garden Organic’s unique support for our enthusiastic Master Gardeners. As with all our ‘in-service’ training, the topics are based on requests by volunteers. We use expert tutors and practical activities. The training is geared at developing the confidence of each volunteer network […]

Growing Tips

Where to find food growing advice

Where to find food growing adviceGrowing food is endlessly satisfying. It’s tricky, too, with ambitious slugs and stubborn seeds. A little advice goes a long way. That’s why Garden Organic’s Master Gardeners are here to help in volunteer networks across England. Our mentors vary in growing knowledge and experience, but are united by wanting to share their passion for food […]

Gardening through the coldest months

Harvest, store, sow & grow

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Garden Organic nominated in the Great British Growing Awards

Garden Organic nominated in the Great British Growing AwardsWe were thrilled to hear that we have been nominated for two categories in the Great British Growing Awards, run by magazine Grow Your Own – Best Gardening Organisation and Most Inspiring Vegetable Garden to Visit for our Warwickshire showcase organic gardens, Ryton Organic Gardens. “Being shortlisted for these awards is a fantastic achievement for […]

Sunshine and celebration at the 2015 National Volunteer Masters Conference

Report Published – Growing for health and happiness

Case Studies

Impacts of Master Gardeners – Health case studies

Impacts of Master Gardeners – Health case studiesOur health outcomes show the physical and mental benefits for people that start and continue growing their own food with the support of a Garden Organic Master Gardener. The benefits to new growers are as striking as the benefits to their mentors. Below is a selection of health case studies. Read more case studies showing […]

Impacts of Master Gardeners – Social case studies

Impacts of Master Gardeners – Environmental case studies

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  • St Mathew Bloxham vegetable garden Posted on 6 July 2015
    I have been making a vegetable garden for the School .All the beds are now up,filled with soil, and rocket early potatoes and Sutton broad beans planted. There are two beds for str...
  • Growing at MIND Hub Posted on 6 July 2015
    This project, delivered at Rugby Wellbeing Hub with the Master Gardeners, John and Sandy Young, commenced in the middle of March.  From the outset there was enthusiasm and involve...
  • St Mathew Bloxham vegetable garden Posted on 6 July 2015
    Greenhouse now has tomatoes growing, rocket early potatoes nearly ready to harvest. Some radishes harvested and strawberries, courgettes growing well,also cucumbers and sweetcorn, ...
  • St Mathew Bloxham Vegetable Garden Posted on 6 July 2015
    On Thursday 4th June, JLR community volunteers helped replace wooden edging, lay bark paths, Creosoted raised beds, make two more raised beds and put a slab base and errect a 8...
  • St Mathew Bloxham vegetable garden Posted on 28 April 2015
    I have been making a vegetable garden for the School .All the beds are now up,filled with soil, and rocket early potatoes and Sutton broad beans planted. There are two beds for str...
  • Kill or cure? Plants as medicine at In Service Training day and social Posted on 14 December 2015
    Plants evolved to avoid being eaten – so most of them are poisonous – but that hasn’t stopped us making good use of their toxicity to create useful medicines. Nor...
  • Free wildflower kits! Posted on 18 November 2015
    Master Gardeners enthusiastically took part in Kew’s Grow Wild programme last year, transforming spaces into colourful, bee-friendly wildflower havens. The good news is that you ...
  • Kirsten Wilson Posted on 16 November 2015
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  • Wanda Robins Posted on 6 October 2015
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  • Courgette pasta at Aberdeen Park Posted on 11 September 2015
    By Master Gardener Dorothy Aberdeen Park is an 11-bed rehabilitation unit, part of Camden and Islington NHS Foundation in North London. It offers support with independent living fo...
  • Jun 11th: Croydon Green Fair Posted on 25 April 2016
    Croydon’s Green Fair kicks off from 11am-4pm in Wandle Park. Come along for inspiration to lead a greener lifestyle by meeting the borough’s environmental groups and ot...
  • Jun 4th: Family Fest Posted on 25 April 2016
    Join the fun at Park Hill Recreation Ground on Saturday 4 June, organized by the Friends of Park Hill Park & Recreation Ground Croydon from 12-5pm....
  • May 14th: Learn to be a Food Buddy! Posted on 25 April 2016
    Join the food growing and healthy eating buzz in Croydon! Learn to be a volunteer Food Buddy with Garden Organic and promote healthy eating and growing your own around the borough....
  • Food Buddy training coming soon to Croydon- be a part of it! Posted on 5 April 2016
    Learn to be a Food Buddy with Garden Organic and promote healthy eating and growing your own around Croydon! Full day Induction Training course held  on May 14th  at the Friends ...
  • New Master Gardeners join the Croydon team Posted on 8 March 2016
    Six new Master Gardener volunteers have joined the Croydon network. The volunteers, who had their two-day Induction Training on March 5th and 6th, will be helping Croydon residents...
  • AUBREY’S TASTY GREEN Posted on 15 April 2016
    I’ve always been an advocate of lettings things grow to see what they are, or how they develop. Don’t get me wrong, once I know what they are, I am as ruthless a weeder as the ...
  • Plants are a growing! Posted on 5 April 2016
    There has just been that sudden turnaround in temperature, which we all hope heralds the start of Spring. I usually do all my seed sowing in the last two weeks of March, but this y...
  • Growing and Reminiscence Posted on 17 March 2016
    The great thing about the Master Gardener network is the wide range of people you can help and encourage to grow their own. Most of the Breckland Master Gardeners currently work wi...
  • Norfolk Masters get grafting! Posted on 9 March 2016
    On a wet, but thankfully not snowy February morning, Breckland Master Gardeners and Norfolk Master Composters gathered together at The Green Britain Centre, Swaffham. The event mar...
  • A different way to get an apple tree! Posted on 26 February 2016
    No, not from the shops or garden centre, or even from a seed (though growing from seed would be a voyage of discovery), with probably better odds than the national lottery of a com...
  • Debbie Chessum Posted on 20 October 2015
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  • Heather Lowe Posted on 20 October 2015
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  • Spreading the organic growing message….. Posted on 2 September 2015
    I have lots of visitors to my allotment, some want to come and share tea and biscuits with me in my shed, some laze in deckchairs, some swap allotment tips while others stay for lo...
  • Forward Footing on Allotment 17b Posted on 26 August 2015
    On Monday 24 August I hosted a Wellbeing funded art project on my allotment! I was pleased that several members of Dementia Support South Lincolnshire attended, along with several ...
  • Lincolnshire Master Gardeners at Big Boston Festival Posted on 17 July 2015
    I was asked to make some creative interventions for the BBG festival site for the weekend of 4/5 July and also provide some activities on the day….I asked MG Tracy of Boston ...
  • Welcome to Somerset Master Gardeners Posted on 21 November 2012
      Garden Organic is delighted to announce our partnership with Somerset Community Food to support volunteer ‘Master Gardeners’ to help communities grow their own f...
  • A fresh start Posted on 11 November 2014
      Trying to beat a drug addiction is a huge challenge. Trying to detox whilst serving a prison sentence can be even more complex. But sometimes the simple things in life can h...
  • Blogs coming soon Posted on 9 February 2013
    Our programme at HMP Rye Hill begins in spring 2013. Please visit back soon for latest blogs. In the meantime, please click here to read Master Gardener blogs from across the UK Ab...
  • Case studies coming soon Posted on 9 February 2013
    Our programme at HMP Rye Hill begins in spring 2013. Please visit back soon for latest case studies. In the meantime, please click here to read case studies from our Master Gardene...
We’re creating a model to establish custom networks of volunteer Master Gardeners in more UK areas. More information available here.

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