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Hundreds of Garden Organic volunteers have helped tens of thousands of people to benefit from growing food since we launched the Master Gardener Programme in April 2010.

In November 2013, we won the prestigious national ‘Education and Learning’ award from the BIG Lottery Fund’s Local Food Scheme – a £59.8 million national grant programme. We were commended for ‘inspirational work to create a team of mentors who share knowledge across the board with support from an online network’.

We thoroughly appreciate the energy and commitment of every ‘Master Gardener’ mentor across the UK in our urban and rural networks. Each mentor has a flexible volunteer role to suit their lifestyle and interests. Each has expert support from their locally-based co-ordinator, together with bespoke resources and ongoing training.

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Starting a Master Gardener network

Managing charity, Garden Organic, develops commissions with organisations to contribute to their health, social and environmental outcomes by launching and managing mentor networks that help people with food growing advice. Master Gardeners support the agenda of many charities, businesses, local authorities, and public health authorities.

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Master Gardener in action

Garden Organic is looking for organisations to help deliver and fund the impact of local Master Gardeners to benefit communities through growing. In particular,

  1. to expand current networks
  2. launch future networks by geography and theme.

Master Gardeners have varied interests including shared gardens, schools, universities, housing estates, allotments, households, community events and public heath.

Please click links to see the latest partnerships in Coventry & Warwickshire, North London, South London, Norfolk, Lincolnshire, Medway, Somerset, and HMP Rye Hill. Become a partner in these areas.

Contact us here to discuss ways to get involved

Meeting local needs: health, social and environmental outcomes

Read how the Master Gardener approach benefits people taking part in the programme for 12 months and, importantly, delivers continued positive behavioural change after up to 36 months.

Click here for the research findings by each outcome and here for an overview of Coventry University’s approach

Delivering a Master Gardener network

The Master Gardener programme is different everywhere it goes. It attracts diverse volunteers that come from the community to help the community. This exciting approach follows kind support from the Big Lottery Fund’s Local Food Scheme and inspiration from the ‘Master Composter Programme‘.

  1. In partnership, Garden Organic designs a local ‘Master Gardener’ role and recruitment plan. Our impact then combines scale and flexibility as each mentor finds innovative ways to inspire and sustain behavioural change by the target beneficiaries.
  2. Garden Organic delivers unique services to train and pro-actively support committed Master Gardeners. Their enthusiasm and feedback drives the network. The network is supported by high profile publicity and an auditable database of achievement.
  3. In partnership, Garden Organic delivers a customised package of localised co-ordination with training from leading experts, together with bespoke resources. Each network evolves with evidence of impact for long term sustainability.

Where next

The Master Gardener Programme is part of Garden Organic

We are Europe’s leading organic growing charity dedicated to promoting organic gardening in homes, communities and schools. We use innovation and inspiration to get more people growing in the most sustainable way.

Garden Organic’s charitable work is delivered through renowned projects, such as

  1. Food for Life Partnership
  2. Master Composters reducing landfill and improving communities
  3. Sowing New Seeds with non-traditional UK crops
  4. Heritage Seed Library safeguarding rare vegetable varieties
  5. Memberships and industry research

 


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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...
  • Sep 5th: Upcycling Workshop Posted on 1 September 2015
    This Saturday North London Master Gardeners will be learning the art of upcycling at their latest In-Service Training workshop. Upcycling experts Small World Urbanism wil be showin...
  • Friday August 7th – Master Gardener social meet-up Posted on 2 August 2015
    Come and catch up with your fellow Master Gardeners! We’ll be at King Henry’s Walk Garden on Friday August 7th for our lastest social meet-up. Look round the lovely garden,...
  • Jenna Posted on 27 July 2015
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  • Barbecue at Conway House Posted on 27 July 2015
    Sapphire Housing (Conway House) organised a summer barbecue in May to celebrate the work of volunteers at the hostel including Master Gardeners. Co-ordinator Liza attended and met ...
  • Sep 12th: Cumberland Market Community Festival Posted on 20 July 2015
    Cumberland Market annual community festival is on Saturday 12th September. Sport and healthy activities and family fun – come and say hello at the Master Gardener stall. Cumb...
  • 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...
  • Suzi Senior Posted on 1 September 2015
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  • September Gardening Posted on 1 September 2015
    September is the first autumn month so we should be harvesting all sorts of crops and fruits. This year my squashes and other such things have been very poor. This means that I wil...
  • Make your own Compost and reduce your waste Posted on 31 August 2015
    The average UK household throws away £470 per year through food waste! The ‘Love Food Hate Waste’ website has lots of useful tips including advice on portion planning and tast...
  • Eastern Promise Posted on 26 August 2015
    The month of bounty continues, with crops coming thick and fast, so fast that it seems there’s little else to do but pick, eat or freeze. It is certainly the busiest month of the...
  • Exterminate, exterminate! Posted on 12 August 2015
    We all know the battle cry of the daleks, but fortunately the ones I’m talking about have been deactivated, reduced to a shell, and are supplied by the council under the alias of...
  • 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 ...
  • Allotment 17b Posted on 11 July 2015
    I keep an allotment blog and write a regular column for Spalding Free Press and Guardian. You can check out both here https://theshed1.wordpress.com/my-art-horticulture-monthly-all...
  • Jam Making! Posted on 10 July 2015
    It seems to be a bumper year for fruit; I’ve never had such a large crop of strawberries, gooseberries, redcurrants and blackcurrants on my allotment. I love jam making and i...
  • Nov 18th: Billinghay Live Well Posted on 9 July 2015
    A closed group interactive session exploring some of the reasons to grow your own, to compost and the basics of how to begin. Educational games and practical growing sessions will ...
  • GRAHAM PORTER Posted on 1 September 2015
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  • Jane Spencer Posted on 27 August 2015
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  • Small back garden update: August Posted on 26 August 2015
    The rain and mild weather has brought on the harvest in my small back garden. I’ve picked bowls of French and runner beans, courgettes, carrot and beetroot. The black fly on ...
  • Learn to Cook for free with GoLearn! Posted on 25 August 2015
    Once you’ve harvested all those delicious crops, what do you do with them?  If cooking is a mystery to you, help is on hand from GoLearn!, Leicestershire County Council̵...
  • 10th October; Mental Health and Wellbeing Event, Melton Mowbray Posted on 25 August 2015
    Join  us at the Melton Mowbray Library on Wilton Road to find out more about how gardening can help improve your mental health and wellbeing as well as your diet and wasitline. 10...
  • 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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