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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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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Redcurrents – disaster averted! Posted on 25 June 2015
    I suppose like many people I get a little behind with jobs at this time of year, there never seems to be enough hours in the day, even with the twilight shift. So here’s a jo...
  • Join Master Gardener in his greenhouse for some potting up tips Posted on 23 June 2015
    Master Gardener Robin has been growing for many years. He finds that growing from seed to young plants in pots improves the survival rate of his crops once they go out on his allot...
  • How to make a wicking bed Posted on 18 June 2015
    Richard is one of our Breckland Master Gardeners mentoring the Little Gardeners at Attleborough Children’s Centre.  Here he is, in his own garden, demonstrating how to make ...
  • Apples – Three summer problems! Posted on 18 June 2015
    The fruits have set nicely, vibrant green foliage is emerging from new growth and everything seems fine on the tree, but look a little closer. What’s that white fluff on the ...
  • Lettuces away Posted on 16 June 2015
    Remember the video?  Well, a couple of weeks on and here are the thined out lettuces, growing away. Bookmark this site as there will be more growing tip videos very shortly. Fancy...
  • Jul 8th: Wellbeing Day Cordeux school Louth Posted on 6 July 2015
    This is a day of health and wellbeing advice aimed at year 7,8 and 9. Each of the years will have approximately 45-50 minutes with the health team to learn about the benefits of ex...
  • Marko Humphrey Posted on 6 July 2015
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  • Allotment Blog Posted on 30 June 2015
    I keep my blog up to date with growing and creative activities – why not pop over and take a look at what I’ve been up to here https://theshed1.wordpress.com/. My plot ...
  • Carol Parker Posted on 30 June 2015
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  • Heath Lowe Posted on 1 June 2015
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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...
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