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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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  • 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 ...
  • Appetising Apples Posted on 27 November 2013
    This year has seen a bumper crop in the Orchards all over the Country. It also feels like my own small orchard has been particularly fruitful. This has challenged me to find new an...
  • 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...
  • 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 Gardeners are hot, hot, hot at events this summer Posted on 6 August 2014
    The last fortnight has been a non-stop tour of district and county horticultural events for Breckland Master Gardeners. First up was Breckland’s Festival on the Farm, then Sandri...
  • Sep 7th: Thornage Hall 25th Anniversary Annual Fete Posted on 6 August 2014
    Camphill Community biodynamic farm and gardens, produce, handicrafts, entertainment and refreshments. Come along and enjoy a great annual event. Sunday, 7 September from 11.30 am t...
  • Sep 29th: Seasonal top fruit Posted on 6 August 2014
    Come along to a talk by Robin Parker on the best options for grow your own top fruit. A Norfolk Organic Group event, open to non-members for a very low door fee. Venue – Frie...
  • Nov 27th: How to smell more in the garden Posted on 6 August 2014
    Norfolk Organic Group’s president and well-known organic gardener, Bob Flowerdew will engage listeners on Thursday, 27 November at 7.30pm. This is open to non-members for a s...
  • Oct 27th: Vegetable growing in small spaces Posted on 6 August 2014
    Pauline Harper, gardening expert and show judge, will share top tips for getting the best out of container growing – a great option for those with limited space. This is a No...
  • 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...
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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...
  • 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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