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Congratulations to us! Top award for MG programme

Congratulations to us! Top award for MG programme

Congratulations to us!

The Master Gardener Programme has won the prestigious Local Food (Big Lottery) Education and Learning Award.

See a film with Philip Turvil, Master Gardener programme manager, and volunteers from the Warwickshire programme at sunny Ryton Gardens, the HQ of Garden Organic.

Local Food summed up the reasons for selecting the MG programme:

Competing against education and learning projects from across England, Garden Organic impressed the independent Local Food Panel with their model for cascading growing knowledge, backed by a central resource — in the form on an online network.

Since 2009, the project has received £674,254 in funding from Local Food to develop a practical model for a volunteer support network to encourage and mentor people and communities to grow fruit and vegetables in their gardens and on local communal land. This has involved the recruitment of a co-ordination team based in Warwickshire, London and Norfolk, who have trained and supported 475 Master Gardeners who have given 18,500 hours to promote home food production. The volunteers have impacted on the lives of 4,300 people in mentored ‘households’ and another 52,000 people through workshops and other support for local groups.


Look through our case studies to see some of the dedicated, inspired and simply marvellous work Master Gardeners are doing in south London (click)

Read here about our recent conference celebration of Masters volunteers at Ryton Gardens

Learn about our November round of Extra Training days to develop and mentor our MGs

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