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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...
  • Sowing Herbs at Oxburgh Hall Posted on 16 April 2015
    A very hot, sunny day saw lots of people visiting the Hall and quite a few stopping to investigate our stand and engage in a variety of horticultural discussions. We had Basil and ...
  • The difficult one! Posted on 16 April 2015
    There’s always one plant that no matter how hard you try always seems to be difficult.  For me its sweet peppers. Yes, they need an early start to be producing in mid summer...
  • Rita Lake Posted on 9 April 2015
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  • Jun 6th: Be at the Bee Weekend at Oxburgh Hall Posted on 8 April 2015
    6 & 7 June is the Bee Weekend at Oxburgh Hall. A celebration of all things bee-related. Come and meet our Master Gardeners who will share some ideas with you on how to attract ...
  • Jun 12th: Our Day Out at Swaffham Posted on 8 April 2015
    As part of Breckland Council’s programme of events for the district’s carers, Master Gardener will be delivering a series of horticultural workshops across Swaffham, De...
  • Early spring harvest Posted on 15 April 2015
    Greens like Swiss Chard and Kale are very economical to grow as they have a long harvest season. You can plant them in April, pick the young leaves in the summer and autumn –...
  • Congratulations to Our First Graduates Posted on 30 March 2015
    Congratulations to Master Gardeners Martha, Ruth, Joyce, Malcolm and Helen, who were presented with their certificates for completing 30 hours of volunteering with us during Saturd...
  • Learning to Grow in Small Spaces Posted on 30 March 2015
    Twenty keen Master Gardeners gathered in Thurmaston on Saturday to learn more about growing in containers from ‘Vertical Veg‘ man, Mark Ridsell Smith.  This latest in-...
  • Castle Donington Sure Start – Here We Grow for Under 5s Posted on 26 March 2015
    Castle Donington Sure Start Centre runs a regular gardening group for parents/carers  and children up to 5 years old (and sibllings up to 10). Between 3.30 and 5pm on Mondays. For...
  • Adopt a Trug In Castle Donington Posted on 24 March 2015
    A new ‘Adopt A Trug’ scheme was launched in Castle Donington yesterday, with support from the Leicestershire Master Gardeners.  Castle Donington Volunteer Centre has launched ...
  • 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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