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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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  • Capability Boyle Posted on 19 May 2015
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  • Meet the new Master Gardeners Posted on 19 May 2015
    A very warm welcome to North London’s new Master Gardeners, who completed their induction training at the weekend (16/17th May) and are now fully-fledged food-growing mentors. Th...
  • Lorraine Foster Posted on 19 May 2015
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  • Jul 19th: London Permaculture Festival 2015 Posted on 12 May 2015
    Celebrate all thinks Permaculture at the London Permaculture Festival. Come along for workshops (intro and advanced), ‘how-to’ sessions, storytelling, films, a stalls market an...
  • 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...
  • My first vegetable! Posted on 21 May 2015
    Yes, we all start somewhere and for me it was carrots. Why? Well that was simply down to the taste, lightly boiled, diced and with a knob of butter mixed in to bring out the flavou...
  • Master Gardener Leigh promoting benefits of gardening@work Posted on 20 May 2015
    Breckland Master Gardener Leigh is Breckland Council’s very own growing mentor.   The Staff Health & Well-being Budget (with support from The Staff Forum) helped to se...
  • Breckland Master Gardeners top up their school growing skills Posted on 19 May 2015
    Ongoing training and development is integral to the life of a Breckland Master Gardener, with seasonal learning events organised for our volunteers. This spring, the focus was on s...
  • Blueberries Posted on 14 May 2015
    I’ve always been a fan, since childhood, when I saved pocket money to buy “black tongue fruit pies”, but these where the European variety which we called whimberr...
  • May in the Garden Posted on 1 May 2015
    After Aprils mad rush of jobs you would hope for a slow down in May, think again! On top of all the other things we could do we now have grass growing so quickly that you need to c...
  • Jun 20th: Open Gardens in aid of St Andrew Hospice Posted on 6 May 2015
    3 gardens including mine in the village of Benniworth (LN8 6JW) Lots to look at in the greenhouse, polytunnel and the fruitgage. Teas and plant sales at a local farmhouse. All are ...
  • Lincolnshire Show 2015 – getting ready! Posted on 1 May 2015
    We’re getting ready – we’ve made 77 paper pots and put some Heritage Seed Library seeds in them – Why? I hear you ask – well, time will tell… Ar...
  • Park Avenue Community Garden Posted on 27 February 2015
    Hi, I am the project officer for a Community garden at Park Ave Louth which has been funded by the Peoples Health Trust and Groundwork Lincolnshire. The Project has been running fo...
  • David Higgs Posted on 27 February 2015
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  • Helping communities grow – the impact of Master Gardener volunteers Posted on 16 February 2015
    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 Novembe...
  • 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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