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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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  • Five ways to wellbeing – get growing! Posted on 9 October 2014
    What are the Five ways to wellbeing? The Five Ways to Well-being are a set of actions which promote people’s wellbeing. They are: Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning a...
  • New Bilton Community Garden Harvest! Posted on 15 September 2014
    This was held in Jubilee Park, Rugby on Saturday 6th September. From 1pm to 5pm This was all about celebrating the harvest of the first year of this community project. The idea is ...
  • Paddox School Gardening Club Posted on 30 June 2014
    First session of the school gardening which will run every Tuesday after school 3.30-4.30 Weeded the raised beds to start , then planted Bunyards Exhibition broad beans and meteor ...
  • “Save our Allotments” – Villagers Pledge To Fight Against Development Plans For Cubbington Allotments Posted on 28 January 2014
    “Save our allotments”. That is the message from villagers fighting against proposals that could see a valuable community amenity and an important green area in the heart of Cub...
  • The Urban Fruit Collective Posted on 6 January 2014
    It all started when I read about Abundance Sheffield. Not being sure what the response would be, I tentatively put a little piece in the Earlsdon Echo, our community newspaper and ...
  • 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...
  • Feb 15th: Workday at Elsing Community Orchard Posted on 11 December 2014
    Elsing village community orchard is holding a work morning on Sunday 15 February. Master Gardener Robert will be there advising and helping to plant some new trees, mulch and weed ...
  • Oct 11th: Oxburgh Hall Apple Day Posted on 10 December 2014
    Following on from a fantastic launch of Apple Day at Oxburgh in 2014, plans are inhand already for 2015.  Put the date in your diary – Sunday, 11 October 2015. An opportunit...
  • Jerusalem ! Posted on 10 December 2014
    No, not the hymn, but the artichoke. This plant has many hidden virtues to commend itself. It originated from North America, is a member of the sunflower family, and at one time in...
  • Safety in onions Posted on 9 December 2014
    You’ve heard of the saying “safety in numbers”, well here’s the onion version. Back in October, we sowed several rows of red and yellow onion sets and yet h...
  • December tips from Master Gardener Jeffrey Posted on 4 December 2014
    The weather has been awful so far this month so I’ve been restricted to hedging and a bit of hoeing. It’s not advisable to dig at this time of year. I can testify that a great ...
  • Lincolnshire Show 2014 Posted on 25 June 2014
    Lincolnshire Master Gardeners had a great time talking about growing to the many visitors to this years show. We were delighted to be invited to have a stand in the Lincolnshire Co...
  • Fred Hyde Posted on 10 June 2014
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  • South Holland Free Community Cooking Classes Posted on 30 May 2014
    Last chance to sign up for a free six week healthy cooking course starting on Friday the 6th June to 18th July. The course will run on Fridays from 10am until 12 noon in Spalding. ...
  • Claire Hunter Posted on 9 May 2014
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  • 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...
  • Impacts of Master Gardeners – Health case studies Posted on 8 December 2013
    Our health outcomes show the physical and mental benefits for people that start and continue growing their own food with the support of a Garden Organic Master Gardener. The benefi...
  • Impacts of Master Gardeners – Social case studies Posted on 8 December 2013
    Our social outcomes show benefits to individuals and communities by getting involved with the Garden Organic Master Gardener Programme. Many people have reported many changes. For ...
  • Impacts of Master Gardeners – Environmental case studies Posted on 8 December 2013
    Our environmental outcomes show the extent of food growing and importance of wider messages. The benefits to new growers are as striking as the benefits to their mentors. Below is ...
  • Helping communities grow – the impact of Master Gardener volunteers Posted on 8 December 2013
    Hundreds of Garden Organic volunteers have helped tens of thousands of people to benefit from growing food since we launched the Master Gardener Programme in April 2010. In Novembe...
  • 2015 Events and Training Posted on 8 December 2013
    Garden Organic’s Master Gardener Programme organises events and delivers training for our volunteer networks. We help them – and the people they mentor to benefit from ...
We’re creating a model to establish custom networks of volunteer Master Gardeners in more UK areas. More information available here.

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