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South London training dates anounced: 19/20 June 2010

South London training dates anounced: 19/20 June 2010


Exciting! We’re now recruiting our first south London Master Gardeners for training on the 19 and 20 June (two-day course).

We looking for enthusiastic people with some food growing experience and passion to help others have a go at growing their own. Our south London programme is across Wandsworth, Lambeth and Southwark.

Visit website for south London Master Gardeners

Read more about becoming a south London Master Gardener

Contact volunteer co-ordinator Sarah Cannon for questions and application

Find out more about the programme

Also: final few places on Islington Master Gardener course 8/9 June. Read story

Many thanks,

Philip Turvil

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South London programme starts!

South London programme starts!

We’re delighted that the south London Master Gardener programme has begun with co-ordinator Sarah Cannon now out and about locally. Sarah is recruiting our first volunteers for June training.

We’re recruiting through the ‘street rep’ network of our local partners, Food Up Front and through local growing groups and initiatives (including via the local authority partners to be announced). It an exciting and a busy time. We’re looking for training venues and inspiring food growing sites to visit.

South London timetable

We welcomed volunteer co-ordinator Sarah Cannon to Garden Organic. She is now locally based in Lambeth.

Recruiting our first volunteer Master Gardener from May for our two-day foundation training course  in June 2010

Recruiting more Master Gardeners for foundation courses in September 2010 and spring 2011.

Ongoing support for south London Master Gardeners from Sarah and the programme team. Includes top-up training, resources, advice, etc. Starts after our first Master Gardeners enrol!

Find out more

Visit the south London website (under construction). See Islington and Warwickshire sites to see what’s on it’s way for south London…

Contact Sarah about enrolling in the south London programme

Penny and Katie at Transition Brixton community shop with Master Gardener volunteer co-ordinator Sarah Cannon (on left)

New local partners: Penny (middle) and Katie (right) at their Transition Town Brixton community shop with Master Gardener volunteer co-ordinator Sarah Cannon (left)

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Programme gets ready to launch in Norfolk

Programme gets ready to launch in Norfolk

We’ve been in Norfolk this month preparing to launch the Master Gardener programme in August 2010. It’s very exciting.

Project manager Philip Turvil met our new local partners Hannah and Robin from Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, part of Norfolk County Council. We followed a day of meetings with another day meeting locals at Gressenhall’s popular ‘Feast of Food and Farming’. See the photo captions for who we met.

Norfolk timeline

Recruiting volunteer co-ordinator for Norfolk (June 2010)

Recruiting our first volunteer Master Gardener from August for two-day foundation training course  in September 2010

Recruiting more Master Gardeners for another foundation course in Spring 2011

Ongoing support for Norfolk Master Gardeners from co-ordinator. Include top-up training, resources, advice, etc. Starts after our first Master Gardeners enroll!

Local partner Hannah Jackson giving out free radish seeds to budding gardeners at Gressenhalls Feast of Food and Farming event, dressed up to tell stories of past local growing

Local partner Hannah Jackson giving out free radish seeds to budding gardeners at Gressenhall's Feast of Food and Farming event. She's dressed up to tell stories of past local growing, linking to museum exhibits on site

Talking to Norfolk locals interested in becoming Master Gardeners and other interested in food growing advice from Master Gardeners once the programme starts

Talking to Norfolk locals interested in becoming Master Gardeners and others interested in food growing advice from Master Gardeners once the programme starts

Norfolk Master Composters were out in force at Gressenhall. Were looking forward to the two programmes working together and sharing future events

Norfolk Master Composters were out in force at Gressenhall. We're looking forward to the two programmes working together and sharing future events

Were looking forward to working with Norfolk Organic Group to launch the local Master Gardener programme.  Theyre a great bunch with a vibrant event programme and keen members keen to help others grow organically!

We're looking forward to working with Norfolk Organic Group to launch the local Master Gardener programme. They're a great bunch with a vibrant event programme and keen members keen to help others grow organically!

Norfolk Master Composter programme co-ordinator David being interviewed by local Wayland Radio about training new volunteers

Norfolk Master Composter co-ordinator David being interviewed by local Wayland Radio about training new volunteers

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Master Gardener programme launched

Master Gardener programme launched

Garden Organic has trained their first ‘Master Gardeners’ to help people and communities grow their own food

Islington Master Gardeners in training
Islington Master Gardeners in training

This exciting programme is Local Food (Big Lottery) funded with kind support from Sheepdrove Organic Farm and local authorities in four regions. The programme is based on the national success of the Master Composter programme where Garden Organic recruit, train, and actively support community volunteers.

Our terrific Master Gardeners have already promoted grow your own to local communities with a number of events, talks, and articles, as well as offered 12 months support to households just starting to grow food.




Find out more

Islington programme

Warwickshire programme

South London programme

Norfolk – coming August 2010

Contacts us here

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Now recruiting for Islington volunteer co-ordinator

Now recruiting for Islington volunteer co-ordinator

Exciting opportunity to establish and promote the new Master Gardener Programme across north London boroughs, initially in Islington.  Closing date 12 May 2010. See all the details here

Recruiting for Norfolk volunteer co-ordinator starts June 2010. Be send the details

The Master Gardener Programme

  • Aims to encourage and support people and communities to grow fruit and vegetables in their gardens and on local communal land.
  • Funded by Local Food (Big Lottery Fund), running initially for three years in three counties.
  • Managed by Garden Organic, the UK’s leading organic growing charity dedicated to researching and promoting organic gardening, farming and food.

The Volunteer Co-ordinator

  • Ensure the Master Gardener model is successfully set up, initially in Islington.
  • Recruit, train and support community volunteers, Master Gardeners, to act as food growing mentors/ambassadors in their neighbourhoods. Master Gardeners promote the benefits of ‘growing your own’ and provide advice and hands-on support for people taking part.
  • Needs strong knowledge of and enthusiasm for food growing (horticulture), as well as knowledge and/or experience of managing volunteers.
  • Local knowledge of Islington and north London boroughs is desirable,
  • together with experience working with community growing groups/initiatives in these areas.
  • Location: Sustain’s office (www.sustainweb.org)
    Contract: Until August 2012
    Hours: 17.5 hours
    Salary: £10-11,500/annum

Closing date: 5pm, 12 May 2010

Interviews: w/c 24 May 2010

For an informal conversation, please contact Philip Turvil, Project Manager, 024 7621 7718

Download job description (pdf)
Download an application form (word)
Download an equal opportunities form (word)


Application contact details and equal opportunities policy here

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Warwickshire Master Gardeners receive tips from the top

Warwickshire Master Gardeners receive tips from the top

The first Master Gardeners from Warwickshire gathered at Garden Organic’s Ryton headquarters to learn about the programme, share tips and advice and meet other growing enthusiasts.

Find your nearest Warwickshire Master Gardener for local advice growing food – including the chance for 12 month free support

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