Forum login

Categorized | Featured, News

Master Gardeners help 10,000 people since May 2010


Master Gardeners help 10,000 people since May 2010

Over 140 passionate volunteers are helping their communities grow local food, passing on skills and enthusiasm.

Every food growing conversation counts – at events, talks, stalls, and other innovate routes.

We’re as proud of over 350 mentored households receiving regular advice from Master Gardeners, whether for home, office windowsill, allotment or community garden.

It’s very exciting. Please read the highlights below.

Click to read report highlights…

  1. Warwickshire residents grow their own
  2. Another 700 people growing their own in Islington
  3. It’s green-thumbs up for Master Gardeners in south London
  4. 850 people engaged by Norfolk Master Gardeners in three months

Half way through:
Thank you as Master Gardeners speak to 5000 people (report from Autumn 2010)

Just the numbers

Local websites have maps with Master Gardener and event locations

144 volunteers recruited, trained and supported
(nearly 95% retention)

366 households mentored to grow food by volunteers
(with 850 residents; one third under 16)

8760 people spoken to about food growing
(includes 124 community events)

Inspiring stories behind the numbers

Click for Warwickshire, Islington, South London, and Norfolk

Click here for summary case study…

What’s next

Master Gardeners in action

  1. Recruit brand new volunteers in programme areas
  2. Deliver extra training with topics requested by existing Master Gardeners
  3. Look for new households to mentor and dates for community outreach
  4. Continue our one-to-one volunteer support and improve the programme – please contact with ideas

We’re looking to start Master Gardener programmes in your area with new local partners and funders, tailored to local needs. Please read our future areas page.

With thanks

Philip Turvil, on behalf of the Master Gardener team

One Response to “Master Gardeners help 10,000 people since May 2010”

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. [...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Garden Furniture. Garden Furniture said: RT @gardenorganicuk: Volunteer Master Gardeners help 10,000 people grow their own food… http://bit.ly/gFLaAi [...]


Leave a Reply


Sign up for email updates

  • 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...
  • Time for a change! Posted on 26 March 2015
    Sometimes you just get stuck in a rut, planting the same varieties year after year. So what are you going to grow new this year? I have changed to mange tout, and sugar pod peas, o...
  • Andy Johnson Posted on 26 March 2015
    ...
  • Anne Wragg Posted on 26 March 2015
    ...
  • Maggie Baldwin Posted on 19 March 2015
    ...
  • Susan Ash Posted on 19 March 2015
    ...
  • Castle Donington Sure Start – Here We Grow for Under 5s Posted on 26 March 2015
    Castle Donington Sure Start Centre runs a regular gardening group for parents/carers  and children up to 5 years old (and sibllings up to 10). Between 3.30 and 5pm on Mondays. For...
  • Adopt a Trug In Castle Donington Posted on 24 March 2015
    A new ‘Adopt A Trug’ scheme was launched in Castle Donington yesterday, with support from the Leicestershire Master Gardeners.  Castle Donington Volunteer Centre has launched ...
  • Devyani Pathak Posted on 20 March 2015
    ...
  • Building a Basin Pond – Simple Wildlife Ideas for Householders Posted on 20 March 2015
    Master Gardener Adam Lee has put together  these guidelines for creating a basin pond small enough to fit any garden and provide a home for the wildlife which loves to eat your pe...
  • Where Does Our Food Come From? Posted on 20 March 2015
    Leicestershire Master Gardeners Peter and Malcolm have been visiting Parklands Primary School in South Wigston this week, talking to their youngest pupils about where their food co...
  • 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.

Photos on flickr