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Families celebrate harvests with Master Gardeners

Families celebrate harvests with Master GardenersWe spent October celebrating harvests with households mentored to grow their own food by Garden Organic Master Gardeners. What a delight. We hosted special events in Warwickshire, Norfolk and London for families and volunteers to share their growing successes and discuss the weather! We’re really pleased with these autumn events following our lively events in spring […]

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‘Grow your own food’ a boost for health and sense of community, says Coventry University research

‘Grow your own food’ a boost for health and sense of community, says Coventry University researchEncouraging people to grow more of their own food is not only beneficial to the environment but leads to improved health and wellbeing and creates stronger local communities, according to new Coventry University research released today. In a study of the Master Gardeners programme run by the UK’s leading organic growing charity, Garden Organic, researchers […]

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Have your say this September

Have your say this SeptemberGarden Organic has sent out exciting questionnaires this week to the Master Gardeners and the lovely people they mentor to grow their own food. We’re working with Coventry University to monitor and evaluate the health, social and environmental impacts of the programme. It’s very exciting with intriguing questions – and already intriguing findings from our autumn […]

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Olympic heroes at President Kennedy School

Olympic heroes at President Kennedy SchoolStudents from President Kennedy School continue to ‘Garden for the Games‘ after they were inspired by London 2012’s Local Leader West Midlands launch at Ryton Gardens in April. We hear from teacher Helen Coward about how the Coventry students in their ‘Bridge Gardening Club’ find imaginative ways to inspire others through their passion for gardening. […]

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In pictures: London 2012 Local Leader case studies

In pictures: London 2012 Local Leader case studiesLondon 2012’s exciting ‘Local Leader’ campaign has captured the imagination of Garden Organic’s local champions after the West Midlands launch at Ryton Gardens in April 2012. Local Leader and Master Gardener programme manager, Philip Turvil, invited over 1,000 of Garden Organic’s enthusiastic volunteers to take part in ‘Garden for the Games‘. They joined thousands of […]

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  • St Mathew Bloxham vegetable garden Posted on 6 July 2015
    I have been making a vegetable garden for the School .All the beds are now up,filled with soil, and rocket early potatoes and Sutton broad beans planted. There are two beds for str...
  • Growing at MIND Hub Posted on 6 July 2015
    This project, delivered at Rugby Wellbeing Hub with the Master Gardeners, John and Sandy Young, commenced in the middle of March.  From the outset there was enthusiasm and involve...
  • St Mathew Bloxham vegetable garden Posted on 6 July 2015
    Greenhouse now has tomatoes growing, rocket early potatoes nearly ready to harvest. Some radishes harvested and strawberries, courgettes growing well,also cucumbers and sweetcorn, ...
  • St Mathew Bloxham Vegetable Garden Posted on 6 July 2015
    On Thursday 4th June, JLR community volunteers helped replace wooden edging, lay bark paths, Creosoted raised beds, make two more raised beds and put a slab base and errect a 8...
  • St Mathew Bloxham vegetable garden Posted on 28 April 2015
    I have been making a vegetable garden for the School .All the beds are now up,filled with soil, and rocket early potatoes and Sutton broad beans planted. There are two beds for str...
  • A great end to a great project Posted on 8 June 2016
    Our wonderful North London Master Gardener programme, Growing for Health, has now come to an end. The project ran from 2014-16 across the boroughs of Camden and Islington. In that ...
  • Kill or cure? Plants as medicine at In Service Training day and social Posted on 14 December 2015
    Plants evolved to avoid being eaten – so most of them are poisonous – but that hasn’t stopped us making good use of their toxicity to create useful medicines. Nor...
  • Free wildflower kits! Posted on 18 November 2015
    Master Gardeners enthusiastically took part in Kew’s Grow Wild programme last year, transforming spaces into colourful, bee-friendly wildflower havens. The good news is that you ...
  • Courgette pasta at Aberdeen Park Posted on 11 September 2015
    By Master Gardener Dorothy Aberdeen Park is an 11-bed rehabilitation unit, part of Camden and Islington NHS Foundation in North London. It offers support with independent living fo...
  • Master Gardeners nail upcycling at In-Service Training workshop Posted on 7 September 2015
    What can you make out of scrap wood, abandoned pallets and disposable brewery kegs? Amazing things, as North London Master Gardeners found out at their latest In-Service Training D...
  • Goodbye Master Gardeners and Food Buddies Posted on 15 May 2017
    It’s now the end of the Master Gardener/Food Buddy programme in Croydon. We’ve had an amazing couple of years and we’ve seen community food growing and healthy ea...
  • Chutneys and preserves at In-Service Training day Posted on 21 November 2016
    What a wonderful autumn In-Service Training Day for Master Gardeners and Food Buddies, learning to make chutneys and quick-cook jam at Mum’s the Chef cafe in Croydon. We chop...
  • Food Buddy Kate Brown Posted on 6 June 2016
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  • Pakoras and pumpkins! Croydon has new Food Buddies Posted on 16 May 2016
    What a great day’s Induction Training we had on Saturday (May 14th) when 8 more enthusiastic Food Buddies joined us! We were only minutes in before the new volunteers started...
  • Growing on prescription Posted on 5 May 2016
    This great idea, where GP’s turn over outdoor space for community gardening so patients can grow their own could work in Croydon! Story and picture from The Guardian. The Lam...
  • Meet the Master Gardeners and Growing Buddies Posted on 6 September 2016
    This weekend you can take your chance to ask those all important growing questions, get some fantastic advice, find out how Garden Organic Volunteers can help you or your local com...
  • WILD STRAWBERRIES Posted on 6 September 2016
    Small and sweet and no need to net, but you’ll never get too many just the odd tasty treat now and again. If you’re lucky enough to spot some growing wild then one or two berri...
  • How are your grafts going? Posted on 7 June 2016
    For those Breckland Master Gardeners and Norfolk Master Composters who attended the grafter’s course in February, can you let me know how things are progressing? It seems that qu...
  • Gooseberry – Size and Picking Posted on 7 June 2016
    Well now’s the time to decide big ones or little ones, or should I say fewer, but bigger? For there is always that choice to make when growing fruit you can have lots of littlies...
  • Could you be a Growing Buddy? Posted on 22 May 2016
    Now launching an exciting new volunteering opportunity in Breckland! We are recruiting volunteer ‘Growing Buddies’ to join our current network in Breckland. Growing Buddies...
  • Debbie Chessum Posted on 20 October 2015
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  • Heather Lowe Posted on 20 October 2015
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  • Spreading the organic growing message….. Posted on 2 September 2015
    I have lots of visitors to my allotment, some want to come and share tea and biscuits with me in my shed, some laze in deckchairs, some swap allotment tips while others stay for lo...
  • Forward Footing on Allotment 17b Posted on 26 August 2015
    On Monday 24 August I hosted a Wellbeing funded art project on my allotment! I was pleased that several members of Dementia Support South Lincolnshire attended, along with several ...
  • Lincolnshire Master Gardeners at Big Boston Festival Posted on 17 July 2015
    I was asked to make some creative interventions for the BBG festival site for the weekend of 4/5 July and also provide some activities on the day….I asked MG Tracy of Boston ...
  • Case Study: Lenthall Care Home, Market Harborough Posted on 8 September 2017
    Care homes for elderly people often have a reputation for being places where residents sit in high backed chairs with their backs to the wall, staring into space and waiting for th...
  • Reviving Shelthorpe Community Garden, Loughborough Posted on 25 August 2017
    Shelthorpe is a hidden gem of a community garden, tucked away at the end of a narrow cul-de-sac and surrounded on all sides by 1950s council houses.  The entrance is through a hig...
  • A Right Royal Visit Posted on 21 August 2017
    On Friday, our Leicestershire Master Gardeners and their guests enjoyed a day trip to Highgrove Gardens, the home of Garden Organic’s patron HRH The Prince of Wales, as a t...
  • Identifying a weed? Posted on 21 August 2017
    I’m supporting a community garden to grow their own food. Lately there been a fine crop of flowering weeds (see image below). we do not know what this is. Can you help identi...
  • Tammy’s Allotment Posted on 18 July 2017
    One of the great privileges of coordinating a Master Gardeners programme lies in the opportunity to visit some of our supported growers and see at first hand the joy that learning ...
  • 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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