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With a spring in their step

With a spring in their step

This newly-minted batch of Master Gardeners certainly have the joy of germination in them. Over the superbly sunny Saturday and Sunday 20 and 21st April, seventeen South Londoners donned the t-shirt to become Master Gardener volunteers. A packed induction course saw them develop their skills and knowledge, as well as identify their action plan to support new growers local to them. Their mega-watt enthusiasm and interest will definitely galvanize the fruit and veg scene across Lambeth, Lewisham, Southwark, Merton, Wandsworth and Croydon.

Selected for their gardening experience and keen-ness to engage new growers, the new MGs also built a sound network amongst themselves. You can expect to see them at events near you very soon! Old hands MGs David, Maria, Susan and Gloria gave their experience of engaging with the public, and finding and supporting households and groups.

We were privileged to be able to use the beautifully designed resource centre and gardens at Sydenham Garden in Lewisham, a unique therapeutic charity, as our venue. We also enjoyed a really productive visit to the allied De Frene growing space for a site analysis exercise. Big thanks go to MG Alona, who not only is a great MG but also puts in time as a trustee for Sydenham Garden and Sydenham Park growing group. Alona: we’re very grateful for your time as volunteer caretaker this weekend, opening up and showing us the inspiring growing spaces. Thanks too to Tom, Sue and the rest of the team.

Food from the Old Post Office Bakery and Karen Virtue went down very well, and a big thanks to new Co-ordinators Nynke (North London) and Liza (Medway) who came to observe, support and make tea. I don’t know what we’d have done without you! Thanks, as ever, to Programme Manager Philip Turvil who ‘Master’-minded the printing of manuals, collation of materials, leading magnificent activities and so much more.

The new Master Gardeners have started uploading their profiles. Click here for our interactive map, Find Your Local Master Gardener.

For more photos of the weekend scroll down to the end of our flickr stream

A big thank-you to you, Philip, Alona and the other MG trainees for such an interesting and inspirational induction weekend .  All I expected and much more.   So impressed that you  remembered all our names so quickly amongst other things.

I really enjoyed the weekend, I was impressed with Philip’s energy and humour, he should be on stage, what a performer. You had a great collection of people; well done, you put a lot of effort into this; you are a fantastic organisation and hopefully I’ll be able to contribute in the future.

I really enjoyed the training weekend and meeting all the other MG’s – lots of interesting collaborations to come I’m sure;  thanks for all the organising.  Looking forward to getting stuck in.

Many thanks for the weekend’s training. A great group of enthusiastic souls.

Thanks again to you and Philip for a thoroughly enjoyable and inspirational training course this weekend. I’m raring to go and looking forward to getting started.

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