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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

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