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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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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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  • 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...
  • Breckland Master Gardener Barry shares his top brassica tips with Garden Organic CEO Posted on 29 May 2015
    Breckland Master Gardener, Barry, welcomed James Campbell, Garden Organic’s CEO, to his growing space this week.  Barry, a resident at John Room House, joined Breckland Mast...
  • Tomatoes another twist! Posted on 29 May 2015
    We all know that most tomato plants need their side shoots pinched out, unless they are the bush variety. What perhaps is not so widely known is that these make ideal new plants, a...
  • My first vegetable! Posted on 21 May 2015
    Yes, we all start somewhere and for me it was carrots. Why? Well that was simply down to the taste, lightly boiled, diced and with a knob of butter mixed in to bring out the flavou...
  • Master Gardener Leigh promoting benefits of gardening@work Posted on 20 May 2015
    Breckland Master Gardener Leigh is Breckland Council’s very own growing mentor.   The Staff Health & Well-being Budget (with support from The Staff Forum) helped to se...
  • Breckland Master Gardeners top up their school growing skills Posted on 19 May 2015
    Ongoing training and development is integral to the life of a Breckland Master Gardener, with seasonal learning events organised for our volunteers. This spring, the focus was on s...
  • Heath Lowe Posted on 1 June 2015
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  • Jun 21st: Open Gardens in aid of St Andrew Hospice Posted on 6 May 2015
    3 gardens including mine in the village of Benniworth (LN8 6JW and follow signs to the church) Lots to look at in the greenhouse, polytunnel and the fruitgage. Teas and plant sales...
  • Lincolnshire Show 2015 – getting ready! Posted on 1 May 2015
    We’re getting ready – we’ve made 77 paper pots and put some Heritage Seed Library seeds in them – Why? I hear you ask – well, time will tell… Ar...
  • Park Avenue Community Garden Posted on 27 February 2015
    Hi, I am the project officer for a Community garden at Park Ave Louth which has been funded by the Peoples Health Trust and Groundwork Lincolnshire. The Project has been running fo...
  • David Higgs Posted on 27 February 2015
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  • Home Educated Children’s Gardening Club, Loughborough University LAGS Garden Posted on 2 June 2015
    In autumn 2014, members of the Transition Loughborough group, meeting at the LAGS garden on the university campus, decided to start up a new childrens’ gardening club for hom...
  • Warwick Flats Sheltered Housing, Bottesford Posted on 2 June 2015
    In autumn 2014, Master Gardener Joyce Slater approached her local sheltered housing complex, Warwick Flats in Bottesford, with an offer of support to develop part of their site int...
  • Elizabeth Court Residents’ Garden, Wigston Posted on 2 June 2015
    Residents of Elizabeth Court council estate in Wigston have been working with Master Gardeners Liz Bellamy and Steve Pike and Jane Morris, Community Inclusion Officer from nearby B...
  • June 20th, Sutton Cheney Fete Posted on 29 May 2015
    Our Master Gardeners will be running a stall at the Sutton Cheney Fete where they will be available to answer your food growing questions and chat about their volunteering.  Come ...
  • The Cube Youth Centre, Market Harborough Posted on 27 May 2015
    This garden has been created by the young people who attend The Cube youth centre in Market Harborough and is sited on an old bowling green on Symington’s Recreation Ground....
  • 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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