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You’ve got mail! Questionnaires posted

You’ve got mail! Questionnaires postedWe’ve sent out 400 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 research. [...]

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Team meeting at Ryton Gardens

Team meeting at Ryton GardensThe Master Gardener team got together last week at Ryton Gardens to plan exciting moments for our lovely volunteers. Kate, Kate, Gabbie, Fiona, Rick and I gathered at the home of Garden Organic for two days, merrily planning how best to recruit, train and support the enthusiastic networks of Master Gardeners and the households they [...]

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Celebration as programme extended by six months

Celebration as programme extended by six monthsAnother 80 volunteers will support hundreds more people in the UK to grow their own food thanks to a six month extension of the Master Gardener programme. This is thanks to the ongoing support from the Big Lottery Fund’s Local Food scheme, together with Sheepdrove Trust and our local authority partners. The current programme will [...]

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Master Gardeners help 30,000 people grow food

Master Gardeners help 30,000 people grow foodGarden Organic’s Master Gardeners have excelled themselves in helping communities grow their own food. Our autumn/winter reports reports have revealed the latest achievements of the volunteer networks in Warwickshire, Norfolk and London. Thanks to our partners: local authorities, Sheepdrove Trust, and Big Lottery fund’s Local Food scheme. Thanks to our team: Kate, Kate, Fiona, and [...]

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Thank you: 22,000 conversations, 900 mentored

Thank you: 22,000 conversations, 900 mentoredLatest reports reveal achievements of 192 wonderful volunteers as we conclude our  second year. We’re delighted and grateful for how well Master Gardeners networks have come together to help people grow their own food in Warwickshire, Norfolk and London. Ongoing thanks to our partners: local authorities, Sheepdrove Trust, and Big Lottery fund’s Local Food  scheme. [...]

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  • Getting exotic with green manures Posted on 15 April 2014
    Alumni Master Gardener Mike Wohl shares his first green manure experience. ”I feel SO good because I actually got round to doing green manure this winter. Although I knew abo...
  • The Scoop on Soil…Grow Clyde Road Posted on 11 April 2014
    On Weds, in the dappled sunshine, with the help of some Master Gardener volunteers and a couple of keen residents we got stuck into preparing the two community plots on the Clyde R...
  • Vegetables have families too! Latest from Grow Clyde Road Posted on 3 April 2014
    Yesterday in the milder weather we got stuck in after having a bit of fun getting into the garage. A couple of residents came along and we looked at vegetable families, specificall...
  • An introduction to plants and the magic behind them – Grow Clyde Road Posted on 1 April 2014
    On Wednesday we braved the cold weather at our new base in Fairweather Close on the Clyde Road Estate. You may not realise it’s now officially Spring as this week has been especi...
  • Taster Workshop – Grow Clyde Road Posted on 13 March 2014
    Yesterday afternoon, in the glorious sunshine outside Elizabeth Clyde Close, we ran a taster workshop in tandem with the Peabody Trust’s neighbourhood charter event. It was wonde...
  • 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...
  • Young Ben and his new veg garden Posted on 16 April 2014
    Here’s a case study from Bev, one of our Breckland Master Gardeners. Ben is a 12 year old boy with autism. On 18 March, Ben joined the gardening group for his first session. I ga...
  • Breckland Master Gardener are busy this spring Posted on 16 April 2014
    Now, there’s a lot of new food-growing conversations starting around Breckland with our lovely Master Gardeners.  Here’s a quick organic round-up. Steve is in full swi...
  • Jun 8th: Watton Carnival Pumpkin Parade Posted on 14 April 2014
    Watton is the place to be on Sunday, 8 June. The annual Watton Carnival will have the town buzzing. Lots to do, see and enjoy. Come and say hello to Breckland Master Gardeners on t...
  • Free plant feed! Posted on 11 April 2014
    We all want to grow the best plants possible and that takes more than weeding and tender care. You need to make sure that your crop plants receive the best nutrients, so they can r...
  • Apr 21st: Easy steps to fruit and veg growing Posted on 11 April 2014
    For those who have been inspired by the wonderful Wretham Lodge gardens and aspire to growing their own fruit and veg. A chance to meet Norfolk Master Gardeners and find out first ...
  • The Lincolnshire programme – how it works! Posted on 18 March 2014
    This video has been commissioned by Lincolnshire County Council Public Health to help celebrate the achievements of the Lincolnshire Master Gardener network in their effort to enco...
  • Time Travelling with a new Quince Tree Posted on 27 January 2014
    A blur of green and yellow reflects across the kitchen window and I turn to see a delivery lorry pulling up outside. The bewildered looking driver carries a peculiar package up the...
  • Cock O’ The Walk Posted on 14 January 2014
    I’m a full time mum who runs a small business from home while the kids are at school, so I’m well used to spending a lot of time on my own. However, the one place I am never al...
  • Autumn Harvest Celebration Posted on 27 November 2013
    40 people arrived on a brisk November morning to the New Life Conference Centre in Lincoln, to be treated to a fun and informative day in the county capital. We were pleased to hav...
  • Garden Organic’s Master Gardener Programme wins national award Posted on 26 November 2013
    Video with volunteer Master Gardeners Garden Organic’s Master Gardener Programme is celebrating success after scooping the prestigious national ‘Education and Learning’ award...
  • 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...
  • 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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