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…
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!
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.
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.
New volunteers welcomed in South London
New community garden in Lincolnshire
- Click here to read more case studies from across the programme
- Click link to visit local case studies from: Warwickshire, Islington, South London, Norfolk, and Lincolnshire
Many thanks to our Master Gardeners and team of marvellous co-ordinators for these extracts from recent achievements.