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In the words of Master Gardeners…


In the words of Master Gardeners…

Case studies excite the Master Gardener team. Hearing the stories and challenges of being a volunteer who helps other people grow food.

So, in honour of publishing our latest reports from the sunny quarter of March, April and May 2011, we’ve put together bonus case studies below.

They include links to more stories, more photos, and more tales from volunteer Master Gardeners…

Enjoy!

Mentoring young families in Warwickshire

Master Gardener Mandy Lee brought along three of the families she mentors to Ryton Gardens in April.

Mandy has recruited lots of young families who want to grow their own veg by promoting the scheme through her daughter’s school and planting seeds with the local pre-school.

She holds regular sessions with her households, including one in March where they made loo roll pots, planted parsnips and made mini propagators with large yoghurt pots!

Click here to read more case studies from Warwickshire Master Gardeners

Celebrating school growing in Islington

Master Gardener Clare Panjwani works with two schools: South Haringey Infant and Junior Schools.

She runs a session with the Junior School every Friday afternoon. They are taking part in the Real Bread Campaign’s ‘Bake Your Lawn’ project. As well as covering sustianability issues by recycling pots and harvesting rainwater.

Clare has also written the lovely ‘New River Garden Newsletter’ (pictured) to celebrate what the children have achieved and to engage parents in what they’ve been up to.

Click here to read more case studies from Islington Master Gardeners

Out and about in Norfolk

Master Gardeners attended 14 events across the county in the last three months – all published online (pictured).

Local events included Eaton Rise Residents garden fundraising morning where Anne Whittaker and Rebecca Clark gave their time and expertise and helped in the raising of over £650 for plants in the community.

Great Hockham Farmer’s Market saw Master Gardener, Bev Page team up with Master Composter Dawn Jessett.

Joe Crabb and his face painting friends held a plant and advice stand at the Fairhaven gardensm while Bob Brady engaged an inquisitive young audience at Grow your Own in the library at Downham Market.

Click here to read more case studies from Norfolk Master Gardeners

New volunteers welcomed in South London

Nineteen knowledgeable and enthusiastic volunteers became Master Gardeners in April 2011.

They joined existing 37 Master Gardeners to make a total of 56 active locally – and over 240 nationally.

It was a jam-packed couple of days of activities, talking non-stop about fruit and veg, and networking. Guest speakers included Master Gardeners Philip and Claire from previous training weekends sharing their experiences.

Within hours of completing the course, our new MGs were adding events, blogs, case studies and their profiles to the website.

Click here to read more case studies from South London Master Gardeners

New community garden in Lincolnshire

Master Gardeners joined the Mayor of Boston to officially open Central Park Community Garden in the Borough.

This new programme recruits Master Gardeners from council-started community gardens in Boston and East Lindsey.

Volunteers help people at these new sites – and beyond to get growing, including wonderful links NHS referrals and local cooking programmes.

Click here to read more case studies from Lincolnshire Master Gardeners

Many thanks to our Master Gardeners and team of marvellous co-ordinators for these extracts from recent achievements.

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