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Start Master Gardener network


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.


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...
  • Dec 8th: Come and make a community garden in Addiscombe Railway Park! Posted on 23 November 2015
    Friends of Addiscombe Railway Park are thinking about building a community garden in the Park, where people can grow food and flowers together, sharing the work as well as the harv...
  • Free wildflower seed kits from Kew Gardens 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 ...
  • Home grown spuds taste so good! Posted on 18 November 2015
    Hannah, a 26-year-old graphic designer,  enjoys using objects of nature in her illustrations, but had never tried getting her hands dirty in the garden. Like a lot of people who h...
  • Nadine Posted on 2 November 2015
  • Ozichi Brewster Posted on 25 October 2015
  • An answer to ericaceous peat compost! Posted on 4 November 2015
    It’s from a bit of a left field position and involves a plant of high notoriety.  Yes, that least loved of all plants, the leylandii. Virtually everyone has experienced or heard...
  • Cold, empty and unproductive! Posted on 28 October 2015
    This is the sad lament of many an unheated Greenhouse, tomatoes finished and cleared out. Lots of space but not a lot doing. I could mention the delights of growing lambs lettuce o...
  • A friend in need! Posted on 28 October 2015
    The longer you have adopted organic gardening the more you notice the importance of balance between “problem” creatures and their controllers. Its surely cheaper and in...
  • Blueberries an economical way! Posted on 28 October 2015
    The cost of blueberries, for a two year old bush in a pot from a nursery, can certainly be a disincentive to try this much talked about super fruit. Is there a cheaper alternative,...
  • Michelle Turner Posted on 6 October 2015
  • 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 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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