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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...
  • 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
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  • Jun 11th: Croydon Green Fair Posted on 25 April 2016
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  • Jun 4th: Family Fest Posted on 25 April 2016
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  • New Master Gardeners join the Croydon team Posted on 8 March 2016
    Six new Master Gardener volunteers have joined the Croydon network. The volunteers, who had their two-day Induction Training on March 5th and 6th, will be helping Croydon residents...
  • 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...
  • Tomato grafts Posted on 22 May 2016
    Well the easy bit is that it’s probably the easiest graft. All you need is a sharp blade, by preference I’d go for a Stanley knife blade but do watch the edges, a wrapping of i...
  • AUBREY’S TASTY GREEN Posted on 15 April 2016
    I’ve always been an advocate of lettings things grow to see what they are, or how they develop. Don’t get me wrong, once I know what they are, I am as ruthless a weeder as the ...
  • Plants are a growing! Posted on 5 April 2016
    There has just been that sudden turnaround in temperature, which we all hope heralds the start of Spring. I usually do all my seed sowing in the last two weeks of March, but this y...
  • Growing and Reminiscence Posted on 17 March 2016
    The great thing about the Master Gardener network is the wide range of people you can help and encourage to grow their own. Most of the Breckland Master Gardeners currently work wi...
  • Debbie Chessum Posted on 20 October 2015
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  • 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 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
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  • 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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