We’re delighted to welcome new co-ordinator Liza Scholefield to launch and support this exciting network. Read about her training weekend here
Liza takes over from interim support by our co-ordinator in Norfolk, Gabbie. Thank you Gabbie for your many moments.
And Liza joins a team of co-ordinators where each co-recruits, trains and activity supports Master Gardeners in a flexible volunteer role – and celebrates their achievements.
Liza is a journalist, mum-of-three and chicken-keeper. She has worked with volunteers in schools and in the community.
She’s also an enthusiastic grower of veg. She has run an organic veg box scheme and had allotments in several different parts of the country. She has five compost bins and her eye on a sixth.
She said: “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.
“We want to share the message that home-grown food tastes great, is good for you and saves money. Getting started is easier than you might think. Get in touch, and let’s get growing.”
Become a Master Gardener
We’re looking for people from the Medway area with a passion to inspire others to have a go at growing their own food. There’s full training and support.
Please click here for details of the next induction course
Get in touch with Liza
Email Liza here or phone 07971 280 985
Visit! Liza is locally based.
Postal address Garden Organic, Ryton Gardens, Coventry, CV8 3LG
Emma Parker, from ‘A Better Medway’ says:
“It is projects like this that have a wide and lasting impact on the community and we are happy to support them. ‘The Master Gardener’ programme marks just the beginning in helping to make a positive impact on people’s health.”
The Medway Public Health Directorate manages several resident engagement programmes that promote ‘easier ways to be healthy’ under ‘A Better Medway‘. The programmes are Eating Healthily, Getting Active, Stopping Smoking, Drinking Sensibly and Managing Stress.
Medway Master Gardeners builds on the ‘Medway Grows’ initiative as part of the Eating Healthily programme. The programme also includes ‘Medway Cooks’, ‘Medway Dines’, and advice for healthy eating in the workplace, breastfeeding, oral health, infants, children, and adults.
The lively Master Gardener Programme launched in April 2010 thanks to funding from the Big Lottery Fund’s Local Food scheme and local support in urban and rural areas.
Coventry University evaluation has proven significant health, social and environmental benefits for people receiving the advice and encouragement of Garden Organic’s growing mentors in successful networks around the UK.
Over 400 Master Gardeners have given 16,000 hours supporting 4,300 people in mentored households and inspiring another 50,000 at hundreds of events and community groups.