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London 2012 launch Local Leaders with Master Gardeners

London 2012 launch Local Leaders with Master GardenersGarden Organic’s Ryton Gardens hosted London 2012’s ‘Local Leader’ West Midlands launch on the 3rd April 2012 with our Master Gardeners and Master Composters. Our volunteers joined fellow community champions who have signed up free as Local Leaders to help people and communities create their own Game celebrations. Top of the list is ‘Garden for […]

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Volunteers excel at national Edible Garden Show

Volunteers excel at national Edible Garden ShowGarden Organic’s Master Gardeners hosted three exciting days of food growing advice at the national ‘Edible Garden Show’. Over 13,000 visitors came to Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire at the UK’s only national event for grow your own fruit and vegetables and home produce. Warwickshire co-ordinator Kate Newman said: “It was really lively event! The Master […]

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Become a Local Leader with London 2012

Become a Local Leader with London 2012Garden Organic is inviting our networks of volunteer Master Gardeners and Master Composters to become ‘Local Leaders’ for the Games. As the UK’s leading organic growing charity, we use innovation and inspiration to get more people growing in the most sustainable way. We’re engaging 1,000 of our local champions to celebrate the Games with their […]

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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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  • 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...
  • 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 ...
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  • 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...
  • Spring into action! Posted on 27 January 2016
    Hopefully the lengthening hours of daylight and the dusk territorial calls all indicate the possibility of a new growing season. What to do first, I’ll take it as read that garli...
  • Winter’s blast at last! Posted on 13 January 2016
    At long last winter seems to have arrived, albeit rather later than usual. This period of mild weather has had a major impact on plants, for in those warm balmy days around the Dec...
  • Breckland Master Gardeners discover traditional willow-weaving skills Posted on 6 January 2016
    One of the perks of being a Breckland Master Gardener is learning new skills through our seasonal in-service training events.  In the spirit of winter, the latest training day fea...
  • Sprucing up the Blueberries! Posted on 6 January 2016
    Blueberries could no doubt do with a little seasonal care, remove dead leaves, a source of infection if you haven’t done so already. With most blueberries grown in pots it’s no...
  • Makers Meet-up Posted on 16 December 2015
    At the beginning of December, Master Gardener Trevor and I joined some creative folk at Norwich Castle Museum, Makers Meet-up event. We were invited to join crafters, coders and br...
  • Debbie Chessum 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 ...
  • Find out more about healthy eating and cooking here: Posted on 2 February 2016
    Try Love Food Hate Waste for tips on using up those leftovers and reducing the amount of food you throw away Find out about FLIC, the Family Lifestyle Club that helps families lear...
  • Make Your Own Seed Packets Posted on 2 February 2016
    Making your own seed packets is easy and a cheap way of storing those seeds you saved from last year’s crops.  It’s also a fun activity for children learning about see...
  • Make a Home Grown Gooseberry Sauce Cake Posted on 2 February 2016
    This is another regular favourite at Master Gardeners training days.  It is based on the better known American apple sauce cake idea and comes from Sophie Grigson’s book, Countr...
  • Make a Delicious Home Grown Carrot Cake Posted on 2 February 2016
    This is a regular treat at Leicestershire Master Gardeners induction and in-service days.  It is moist and spicy and is taken from the old Cranks recipe Book, which is still avail...
  • 29th & 30th May, Cossington Secret Gardens Posted on 2 February 2016
    Our Master Gardeners will be available to talk food growing at the Secret Gardens weekend, to be held in Cossington over the weekend of 29th & 30th May.  Details to be confir...
  • 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...
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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