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Helping communities grow – the impact of Master Gardener volunteers What happened at November training: propagation, harvest celebration, top tips Where to find food growing advice Garden Organic’s Master Gardener Programme wins national award Garden Organic’s National Volunteer Masters come together to celebrate growing people and plants
 
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 [...]

Where to find food growing advice

Where to find food growing advice

Growing 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 [...]

Garden Organic’s Master Gardener Programme wins national award

Garden Organic’s Master Gardener Programme wins national award

Garden Organic’s Master Gardener Programme is celebrating success after scooping the prestigious national ‘Education and Learning’ award, at the Local Food Awards. Competing against education and learning projects from across England, Garden Organic impressed the independent Local Food Panel with their model for cascading growing knowledge, backed by a central resource – in the form [...]

Garden Organic’s National Volunteer Masters come together to celebrate growing people and plants

Garden Organic’s National Volunteer Masters come together to celebrate growing people and plants

Garden Organic has hosted its National Volunteer Masters Conference 2013 bringing together composting and growing mentors from across the UK to celebrate their achievements. More than 215 Master Gardeners, Master Composters, Local Food Project Co-ordinators, Seed Stewards and other likeminded volunteers attended Garden Organic’s Ryton Gardens site on September 28 for a day of activities to celebrate [...]

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

Events

2014 & 2015 events and training

2014 & 2015 events and trainingGarden Organic’s Master Gardener Programme organises events and delivers training for our volunteer networks. We help them – and the people they mentor to benefit from growing their own food. Our Master Gardener volunteers also organise a wonderous array of community moments. They help people start growing food or grow more whatever their space. Their [...]

News

Helping communities grow – the impact of Master Gardener volunteers

Helping communities grow – the impact of Master Gardener volunteersHundreds 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 [...]

Garden Organic’s Master Gardener Programme wins national award

Garden Organic’s Norfolk Master Composter scheme wins Gold in national environmental awards

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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  • Paddox School Gardening Club Posted on 30 June 2014
    First session of the school gardening which will run every Tuesday after school 3.30-4.30 Weeded the raised beds to start , then planted Bunyards Exhibition broad beans and meteor ...
  • “Save our Allotments” – Villagers Pledge To Fight Against Development Plans For Cubbington Allotments Posted on 28 January 2014
    “Save our allotments”. That is the message from villagers fighting against proposals that could see a valuable community amenity and an important green area in the heart of Cub...
  • The Urban Fruit Collective Posted on 6 January 2014
    It all started when I read about Abundance Sheffield. Not being sure what the response would be, I tentatively put a little piece in the Earlsdon Echo, our community newspaper and ...
  • Appetising Apples Posted on 27 November 2013
    This year has seen a bumper crop in the Orchards all over the Country. It also feels like my own small orchard has been particularly fruitful. This has challenged me to find new an...
  • Garden Organic’s Master Gardener Programme wins national award Posted on 26 November 2013
    Video with volunteer Master Gardeners Garden Organic’s Master Gardener Programme is celebrating success after scooping the prestigious national ‘Education and Learning’ award...
  • South London Master Gardeners – 6000 hours of local advice and support growing food Posted on 25 February 2014
    We’ve had an excellent run under the Local Food funding. We’ve reached Yr 5, Quarter 2 of our programme. There was 3 year’s funding initially, and that was extended by 18...
  • Fiona Law Posted on 19 February 2014
    As the programme comes to a pause I thought I’d do a final case study on myself, before I move on. I’ve been involved in the South London Master Gardener programme sinc...
  • Extra Training Day – February Posted on 12 February 2014
    It was a most convivial and cheery gathering of the South London Master Gardeners, but just a little poignant. This was the last of the meetings under our Local Food funding. No ma...
  • Seed Swap and Growing advice Extravaganza at Crystal Palace Posted on 12 February 2014
    Lots of lovely interaction took place on 8th Feb – a wonderful kick start to the growing season of 2014! And in an otherwise blustery and hailing day, we enjoyed a couple of ...
  • Master Gardeners – with distinction Posted on 12 February 2014
    13 of our April 2013 cohort of MGs have been awarded the status of Master Gardener with Distiction. They’ve successfully supported communities to grow their own food, and met...
  • Aug 7th: Vegetables in the raw Posted on 24 July 2014
    Fun promotion of organic raw vegetables and fresh fruit, with children in mind. Interesting food-growing activities for all to participate in, including seed and growing related ma...
  • Scrapes! Posted on 24 July 2014
    No, not what you clean from your wellies. Think more garlic growing, for these are the flowering shoots that divert growth from the developing clove. The quicker they are removed t...
  • Jul 26th: Eco Bugs Tombola at Fete Posted on 24 July 2014
    It’s the annual Saham Toney Fete this Saturday, gates open at 1pm and there’s loads to see and do. The Eco Bugs from Wayland Academy will be fund raising by holding a t...
  • Herring House back yard continues to flourish Posted on 15 July 2014
    Now into their second year of growing at Herring House in Great Yarmouth,our Master Gardener, Chris has provided us with an update. “These are the latest piccies of produce a...
  • Lankey toms, part 2 Posted on 15 July 2014
    Having achieved some success with producing a low first truss, I have been tempted to see if I can produce 5 trusses before the plant reaches the greenhouse roof, without an explos...
  • Lincolnshire Show 2014 Posted on 25 June 2014
    Lincolnshire Master Gardeners had a great time talking about growing to the many visitors to this years show. We were delighted to be invited to have a stand in the Lincolnshire Co...
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  • South Holland Free Community Cooking Classes Posted on 30 May 2014
    Last chance to sign up for a free six week healthy cooking course starting on Friday the 6th June to 18th July. The course will run on Fridays from 10am until 12 noon in Spalding. ...
  • Claire Hunter Posted on 9 May 2014
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  • 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...
  • 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...
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