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Report Published – Growing for health and happiness 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
 
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 [...]

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 [...]

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

2015 Events and Training

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

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

Garden Organic’s Master Gardener Programme wins national award

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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  • 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...
  • March in the garden Posted on 2 March 2015
    I seem to remember a saying that is something like “March winds will blow and we will have and what will the Robin do then, poor thing”, well this Robin will be tucked up in a ...
  • Winter 2014 school report from North Norfolk Master Gardener Sue Posted on 2 March 2015
    Thanks to a grant from Norfolk Community Foundation, Garden Organic’s Master Gardener Sue can continue to mentor her 3 growing North Norfolk schools during 2014. She has done her...
  • Meet Master Gardener Barry from Thetford, Norfolk Posted on 25 February 2015
    Meet Master Gardener Barry from Thetford, Norfolk    ...
  • The last move Posted on 25 February 2015
    I was asked over the weekend when was the best time to move a fruit tree, granted they were only new trees and had only been in their position for 2 years. There’s only one a...
  • Buying a fruit tree Posted on 12 February 2015
    About now the D.I.Y. stores and supermarkets start carrying a stock of fruit trees, apples, plums and pears. The big question is whether they are worth buying and what should I be ...
  • 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...
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