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Become a Master Gardener

Become a Master Gardener

Thank you for your interest in becoming a South London Master Gardener.

There are currently no more foundation training induction weekends planned as the programme closed on 28.02.14.

Read about our foundation training 20 & 21 April 2013

Not in South London?

We also have enthusiastic Master Gardeners in North London.

If you’re further afield, see our other areas, or contact us to help us start a Master Gardener programme near you.

The information below indicates how the model works. It can be adapted to different contexts.

The Volunteer role

Engaging with the public at West Norwood Feast

  • Master Gardeners help bring together growing groups and initiatives unique to Wandsworth, Lambeth, and Southwark, and fringes of neighbouring boroughs  (Lewisham, Bromley, Croydon, Merton and Kingston Upon Thames).
  • Each has their own innovative ways of promoting the benefits of growing your own, such as events, talks, articles, and through community groups and schools.
  • Each Master Gardener supports 10 households or groups beginning to grow their own food, offering seasonal advice and support for 12 months.
  • Volunteers ‘graduate’ as Master Gardeners after 30 hours a year volunteering (about half a day a month). Most continue beyond.
  • They feedback their hours, activities, successes and problems to their South London volunteer co-ordinator, Fiona Law.


Training together

  • Full Master Gardener foundation training (two-day course) supported by dedicated manual and interactive website
  • Ongoing extra training days
  • Peer support from other volunteers
  • Socials and seed swaps
  • Active support from the co-ordinator,  including one-to-one guidance, in-service training, weekly newsletters and factsheets
  • Part of a community of Master Gardeners promoting food growing around the UK.
  • Free resources: badge, clothing, safe working policies, insurance, expenses, awards, Garden Organic membership and discounted Grow Your Own magazine subscription