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Meet the Master Gardener team at the UK’s leading organic growing charity, Garden Organic. Team profiles below.

Sally Gardner Kate Newman
Head of Sustainable Communities Volunteer Co-ordinator Volunteer Co-ordinator
Master Gardener Programme Warwickshire
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Warwickshire Norfolk
Alison McGrath
Liza Scholefield
Liza Scholefield
Robin Baxter
Volunteer Co-ordinator Interim Volunteer Co-ordinator Volunteer Co-ordinator Prison Co-ordinator
Master Gardeners
North London
Master Gardeners
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HMP Rye Hill
Master Gardeners
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South London
North London Medway

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Team profiles

 Sally Gardner Head of Sustainable Communities Hundreds of enthusiastic volunteer mentors have helped tens of thousands of people to benefit from growing food. The programme has moved from pilot funding from the Big Lottery Fund’s Local Food scheme to multiple delivery models through commissions that meet local needs.Programme’s national Education & Learning Award Impact of Master Gardeners, case studies, news, events, photos
Sally Gardner Visit the Master Gardener Programme
Head of Sustainable Communities


  I work with Master Gardeners in Warwickshire to recruit, train and support our lively local network.I have previously worked promoting composting and with community volunteers at a time bank in Gloucestershire.When I first left home, I fought for my first vegetable patch with some persistent Japanese knotweed.I continue to grow vegetables in my back garden, assisted by three very enthusiastic children.
Kate Newman Visit Warwickshire Master Gardeners
Volunteer Co-ordinator Click here to email Coventry & Warwickshire


Michelle Turner
Visit Norfolk Master Gardeners
Volunteer Co-ordinator Click here to email Norfolk



I recruit, train and support Master Gardeners in Leicestershire. I have been growing since I was old enough to sprinkle radish seed, inspired by my mother and grandmother with green fingers.  We used to gorge on soft fruit during the summer holidays and one of my happiest memories is of the glorious smell of Granny’s tomatoes in a hot greenhouse.  I now have a small garden, packed with 13 different types of soft fruit and a greenhouse so my children can share those fabulous experiences.
Alison McGrath Visit Leicestershire Master Gardeners
Volunteer Co-ordinator Click here to email South London SouthLondonMGs


Volunteer Co-ordinator


  I recruit, train and support Master Gardeners in Medway. I have worked with volunteers in schools and in the community. I’m a journalist, mum-of-three and chicken-keeper. As well as an enthusiastic grower of veg having run an organic veg box scheme and had allotments in several different parts of the country. I have five compost bins and an eye on a sixth!I am really keen to help bring the growing message to lots of new households in Medway. Everywhere there’s a patch of earth, there’s an opportunity.
Liza Scholefield
Visit Medway Master Gardeners
Volunteer Co-ordinator Click here to email





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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...
  • A great end to a great project Posted on 8 June 2016
    Our wonderful North London Master Gardener programme, Growing for Health, has now come to an end. The project ran from 2014-16 across the boroughs of Camden and Islington. In that ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Master Gardeners nail upcycling at In-Service Training workshop Posted on 7 September 2015
    What can you make out of scrap wood, abandoned pallets and disposable brewery kegs? Amazing things, as North London Master Gardeners found out at their latest In-Service Training D...
  • Goodbye Master Gardeners and Food Buddies Posted on 15 May 2017
    It’s now the end of the Master Gardener/Food Buddy programme in Croydon. We’ve had an amazing couple of years and we’ve seen community food growing and healthy ea...
  • Chutneys and preserves at In-Service Training day Posted on 21 November 2016
    What a wonderful autumn In-Service Training Day for Master Gardeners and Food Buddies, learning to make chutneys and quick-cook jam at Mum’s the Chef cafe in Croydon. We chop...
  • Food Buddy Kate Brown Posted on 6 June 2016
  • Pakoras and pumpkins! Croydon has new Food Buddies Posted on 16 May 2016
    What a great day’s Induction Training we had on Saturday (May 14th) when 8 more enthusiastic Food Buddies joined us! We were only minutes in before the new volunteers started...
  • Growing on prescription Posted on 5 May 2016
    This great idea, where GP’s turn over outdoor space for community gardening so patients can grow their own could work in Croydon! Story and picture from The Guardian. The Lam...
  • Meet the Master Gardeners and Growing Buddies Posted on 6 September 2016
    This weekend you can take your chance to ask those all important growing questions, get some fantastic advice, find out how Garden Organic Volunteers can help you or your local com...
  • WILD STRAWBERRIES Posted on 6 September 2016
    Small and sweet and no need to net, but you’ll never get too many just the odd tasty treat now and again. If you’re lucky enough to spot some growing wild then one or two berri...
  • How are your grafts going? Posted on 7 June 2016
    For those Breckland Master Gardeners and Norfolk Master Composters who attended the grafter’s course in February, can you let me know how things are progressing? It seems that qu...
  • Gooseberry – Size and Picking Posted on 7 June 2016
    Well now’s the time to decide big ones or little ones, or should I say fewer, but bigger? For there is always that choice to make when growing fruit you can have lots of littlies...
  • Could you be a Growing Buddy? Posted on 22 May 2016
    Now launching an exciting new volunteering opportunity in Breckland! We are recruiting volunteer ‘Growing Buddies’ to join our current network in Breckland. Growing Buddies...
  • Debbie Chessum Posted on 20 October 2015
  • Heather Lowe Posted on 20 October 2015
  • 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 ...
  • Welcome to Our Newest Recruits Posted on 24 May 2017
    It was a weekend of sunshine and showers for our latest induction course in the wonderful setting of Leicester Botanical Gardens.  On Saturday, as the rain poured down, our six ...
  • Don’t let the weather get to you! Posted on 17 May 2017
    Master Gardener volunteer Radha Bellur has had a very busy week, despite the weather! I had various ‘gardening schedules’ this week and the bleak weather forecast did nothing t...
  • We’ve had our Contract Renewed and are Recruiting Again! Posted on 6 April 2017
    Hoorah!  Leicestershire Master Gardeners have been successful in bidding for the LCC Public Health food growing tender again.  In these difficult times, it’s a wonderful te...
  • The Power of Peas Posted on 22 March 2017
    Peas shoot salads have become a signature activity for the Leicestershire Master Gardeners.  These tasty pots of green goodness are incredibly quick and easy to grow on a windowsi...
  • South Leicestershire College Students Help to Develop Community Gardens Around Oadby & Wigston Posted on 10 March 2017
      Master Gardener Radha Bellur has been working with students from the South Leicestershire College to do some gardening in community growing spaces around Wigston:   ...
  • 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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