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Growing at MIND Hub

Growing at MIND Hub

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 involvement from a number of the Hub service users and Hub staff and volunteers – this began with the transfer of the delivered topsoil from the large builders bag into the four individual planters.  Following discussions between the Master Gardeners and service users on what they would like to grow, seeds started to be sown in the raised beds and also seedlings begun inside.

During this period service users and staff in the drop-in started to discuss what the final produce could be used for, and this has led to a suggestion that a recipe booklet be put together comprising of recipes using the produce grown – this is ongoing and is being contributed to by all.

We hear on the whole positive comments about our raised beds – it’s a talking point across groups within the hub. We’ve lost count of the number of people who’ve entered the building and immediately asked what we’re growing. The only negative is that they’re so exposed we hope there are no light fingered passers by, but to date this has not been an issue and we are aware that other similar projects in public areas do not experience this problem.

The positive impact this is having on service users’ wellbeing is apparent in their demeanour when seeing, working on or discussing the planting.  Already one service user has bought a raised bed at home, and he and several more are now growing herbs and produce where they live.

One service user,  who isn’t interested in growing at home, likes the social aspect to the gardening project and the fact that he isn’t solely responsible – there is always someone there to water or weed and keep things going if you’re not feeling up to it. If something goes wrong with your plants at home it might be easy to feel negative about yourself but if something goes wrong at the hub it’s always looked upon as a lesson learned and no single person is responsible.

The beds are encouraging people to be a little creative in the kitchen too. One staff member had no idea what to do with radishes for example but when they said that to the gardening group, the social support group and the drop-in,  the service users gave her and each other a whole host of inspiration.

 

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Growing gherkins at Cromwell Road

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Report Published – Growing for health and happiness

Report Published – Growing for health and happiness

Master Gardeners have the important and exciting role of supporting people to grow their own.  Research conducted by Coventry University has now revealed the essential health impacts of such enthusiastic volunteers, together with significant social benefits and environmental improvements.

The innovative Master Gardener Programme began in 2009 with funding from the Big Lottery Fund’s Loal Food Scheme and Sheepdrove Trust, together with local government in city and rural populations.  Thousands of people have now benefited from hundreds of mentors and local networks across England.

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Five ways to wellbeing – get growing!

Five ways to wellbeing – get growing!

What are the Five ways to wellbeing?

The Five Ways to Well-being are a set of actions which promote people’s wellbeing. They are: Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give. These activities are simple things individuals can do in their everyday lives.

The Five Ways have been used by health organisations, schools and community projects across the UK and around the world to help people take action to improve their wellbeing.

Warwickshire Public Health are promoting these positive actions to increase health and wellbeing in the county

Can food growing help?

Here at Garden Organic we think that you can reach all five ways to wellbeing through growing, especially with schemes such as the Master Gardener programme.

1) Connect with other people around you. Growing is  a great way to achieve this, either down at your allotment or community garden. Or get in touch with your local Master Gardener. Participants involved in the Master Gardener programme felt they had more quality conversations  and increased social contact around their shared interest of food growing. Another reported, “Once I started growing vegetables a neighbor I had never really talked to asked me how to grow tomatoes!”.

2) Be active – growing food gets  you outside into the garden and spending more time being active – digging, weeding, hoeing are all great exercise. 67% of mentored growers in the Master Gardener programme ended up spending more time growing food, and over three quarters of those spent more than one hour in the garden every week.

3) Take notice – once you start growing food you need to be observant to notice when seeds germinate, when a plant needs watering or is ready to harvest.  Noticing the changing seasons and weather becomes more important. One new grower observed, “growing has given me something to get my teeth into, so it was very satisfying and gave me something positive to focus on.”

4) Keep learning – the learning never ends when it comes to gardening. There is always a new crop to try out, and new challenge to overcome and more to learn. The Master Gardener programme offers ongoing horticultural training to volunteers and new growers benefit from this cascade of knowledge.  Warwickshire residents can contact their local Master Gardener to start learning how to grow their own fruit and vegetables today.

5) Give – volunteering your time and knowledge to help another person can be hugely rewarding. Master Gardeners offer around 30 hours of volunteering each year and in turn are offered ongoing support and resources to help other grow food. If you’d like to become a Master Gardener – we’d love to hear from you

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“Save our Allotments” – Villagers Pledge To Fight Against Development Plans For Cubbington Allotments

“Save our Allotments” – Villagers Pledge To Fight Against Development Plans For Cubbington Allotments

“Save our allotments”. That is the message from villagers fighting against proposals that could see a valuable community amenity and an important green area in the heart of Cubbington being used as a development site for housing.

Rugby Road Allotment plot holders and like-minded residents of Cubbington have come together to form a campaign group dedicated to preserving the site for horticultural leisure use and to stop it being taken for housing development.

Allotments established as a salve to urban overcrowding in the 1800s are often sited centrally, in prime spots. But now developers look at the rows of beans and clusters of fruit bushes and see a wasted opportunity and an easy target.

The Rugby Road Allotment site owned by the Thomas White Trust is the ‘easy’ option for the local planners and has been identified as a preferred location for new houses by Warwick District Council, supported by Cubbington Parish Council.

Allotment holders in Cubbington fear the land will be sold by the Thomas White Trust for housing development following a worrying pattern which is gaining momentum across the country where allotment land appears to offer an easy option for developers, despite the loss of allotment land being against Government Policy.

In fact, if the land was council owned under the Allotments Act 1925 a local authority cannot sell, use or otherwise dispose of land which it acquired for use as allotments without first obtaining the consent of the Secretary of State for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. The Secretary of State can only give such consent if he is satisfied that adequate provision will be made for allotment holders displaced or that such provision is not necessary or reasonably practicable.

The advisers at the National Society for Allotment Gardeners (NSALG) are fully aware of the issue. The organisation – set up to represent and advise allotment holders – until recently usually received about one call a month over threats to allotment land. Last year they noticed that this had increased and now they are getting several calls a week about potential development of sites, according to their spokeswoman.

A survey released to coincide with national allotment week last year shows that 74% of allotment users are concerned that local authorities will take their land away for building.

 The 5.5-acre Rugby Road site has been an allotment site for over 60 years. In the last 20 years it has been fully occupied bringing joy, relaxation and healthy fresh produce to old and new generations of gardeners in Cubbington. There is consistently a sizeable waiting list for all allotments in Warwickshire; the official waiting list to get a plot on the Rugby Road site varies annually between 20 & 30 families (and a lot more local people have expressed a desire to obtain an allotment that are not on the official list).

In the Village Housing Options and Settlement Boundaries Consultation document it states that an alternative site needs to be found for the allotments, but there are no details of this site on the plan or any timescale given to provide it.

 

Cultivating an allotment is not a hobby that can be picked up and dropped. Gardeners invest labour, time and money. It takes years to get the soil into good working condition, to establish permanent crops and for trees to mature. The current site is full of mature fruit trees and fruit bushes and is home to small livestock (chickens) and bee hives.

 

An established allotment is manageable and rewarding, but starting again is soul-destroying. When it’s gone, it’s gone. It is regrettable that the council and developers can’t be relied upon to work around allotments with imagination – there is always an alternative before choosing the option of destroying what could not be replaced. A new site would take years to establish.

 

If land can be provided for an alternative allotment site, then why this land can’t be used for the housing development rather than the allotments?

 

Allotments are being recognised as a catalyst for encouraging sustainability, healthier living and social interaction as well as a resource for local food growing.

Research has shown that contact with the natural environment and green space promotes better physical and mental health, and self-esteem. Allotment schemes are low-cost compared to the benefits they bring.

 

Dozens of allotment holders gathered at the 69-plot site to demonstrate how much local people value the space. “We have a wonderful thing on our doorsteps and if we do not fight for it, we might lose it” said one demonstrator.

 

Chairman of the Allotments Association, Gordon Travis, said “Most of us only found out about the proposed development at the beginning of January and that a consultation exhibition was being held at the village hall on January 3rd. We tried our best to notify as many people of possible in a short time as representations regarding the proposal had to be made to WDC Planning by January 20th. We fear that 90% of Cubbington residents are still unaware of the development proposals, including some of those who will be badly affected if it goes ahead. We feel the Parish Council are at fault for not informing residents of this plan and the Consultation arrangements until far too late and question as to whether councillors, both local and district are trying to bring this development in ‘under the radar’ so as to face as little opposition as possible”.

“It is about raising awareness of the allotments. “ As a community we love our allotments and we want to preserve our heritage, our open space, our community asset which is in danger of being removed from the area. “We must fight to save it” said Eddie Young, the Secretary of the Rugby Road Allotment Association.

Villagers would also want answers why the site identified in 2009 by the council as unsuitable for development “due to the impact on open countryside in an area of high landscape value and the impact of the scale of development in relation to the existing built up area of Cubbington” and having policy restrictions of “Green Belt  and Protecting Recreation Facilities (allotments)” is now the preferred location ?

For further information please contact:

Gordon Travis, Chairman of the Allotments Association   travis.house@btopenworld.com

Eddie Young   edyoung13@gmail.com

Margaret Bull   margaretbull47@gmail.com

 

 

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The Urban Fruit Collective

It all started when I read about Abundance Sheffield. Not being sure what the response would be, I tentatively put a little piece in the Earlsdon Echo, our community newspaper and whoosh! My inbox was full of people who wanted to harvest or who had trees and ‘what a great idea’. Before the end of that first season we’d starred in the local newspaper as the green ‘centrefold’ so to speak, built a social media presence, been interviewed on radio and even put in a little appearance on the BBC West Midlands Today!

So, back to the beginning; late August 2011 saw the Urban Fruit Collective setting off on its first adventure to harvest local fruit.  After a quick ‘hello’ and introductions, we set off for Avril’s house.

In her back garden we found a very well kept tree absolutely dripping with fruit. Mums and dads nervously held the ladders whilst watching their precious off-spring gingerly heading up the little tree to pick the delicious ripe fruit.

Just minutes later we had the fruit, where was it to go? We trundled off to the Earlsdon High Street put up our camping table and donned high-vis chequered aprons outside the Co-op and began giving away the apples. More people came forward to help or with offers of trees. Delighted shoppers helped themselves to a crumble sized portion of apples, all free and all picked within the hour, less than 300m away and given with love. The idea is so simple; we have it, we can’t use it all, so let us share it with our community.

 

Avril had always used her tree to feed her family but is on her own now and has, for a number of years watched the excess fruit drop to the ground and end up on the compost because she simply can’t use it all or give it away.  She is not alone, many of the trees we pick have fed a family for many years and now, thanks to our volunteers, they are once again helping to feed people in Coventry.

Things stepped up, more volunteers, more trees. I contacted the Foodbank in Coventry where Gavin, the dedicated volunteer manager, manically co-ordinates the busiest Foodbank in England. He was very happy to take our apples and we were happy to give them. Oh my! Did we have apples, boxes and boxes of ‘em. It was a bumper year and we had so very many apples and pears that it actually took longer to allocate them destinations than to harvest them. Giving them away became a bit of a headache! Time to develop a network of people to donate to!

There are a large number of trees in the city which bear beautiful fruit. Much of this goes unused while we scamper off to the supermarket to buy the apples and pears flown all the way across the world; I struggle with the logic of this. Now if everyone in our city of 330,000 has an apple or pear everyday with their lunch that amounts to about 12 million pieces of fruit. I haven’t done the calculations yet but… could we plant enough trees in and around our city to cover this? We might at least cover a good proportion. How fresh would that fruit taste? What would the carbon footprint of each piece of fruit be? How much would that reduce carbon emissions? And if we thought about that and considered it important, what else would we grow for ourselves? It is just a thought, maybe one we should all ponder.

September this year saw us return to Avril’s tree, which once again was straining under the weight of the fruit; beautiful, tart, crispy cooking apples. This time the children shimmied up the tree confidently and the adults stood back, supervising at arm’s length, laughing and chatting together in the fading autumn light. Avril bought out cups of tea and we talked about the summer and apples. “Where will you be sending them this year?” Avril inquired. “To the Foodbank” I informed her. “Oh good, I am glad,” she said as she took the tea tray back into the kitchen. There is something about community harvesting which really does connect people. Here’s to next autumn and the harvest. My favourite time of year.

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Garden Organic scoops national recognition award

Garden Organic scoops national recognition award

The Master Gardener Programme is celebrating success after scooping the prestigious ‘Education and Learning’ award, at the Local Food Awards.

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 of an online network.

The Local Food Awards are an opportunity to recognise, reward and celebrate some of the hundreds of outstanding community projects that Local Food has funded since the programme opened in 2008.

All 500 Local Food projects were invited to enter the Awards in four categories – Small Grants, Community Food Growing, Education and Learning, and Enterprise.  Shortlisted projects were put before an external panel in September, and the winners in each category were unveiled today during the Local Food Celebratory Event at The Lowry in Manchester.

Philip Turvil, Master Gardener Programme Manager, said:

“We are delighted that Garden Organic’s Master Gardener Programme has won such a prestigious award to celebrate the achievements of our volunteers and our team’s approach to finding and supporting such enthusiastic growing mentors.

“The Master Gardener Programme delivers wide-reaching benefits that go beyond just growing food. It’s also about a healthy lifestyle, community and improving the environment.

“We don’t want to just train Master Gardener volunteers the best way of growing a lettuce for lunch. We want to show them how to pass this information on to others in the community, to share their passion and experience so that everyone is learning from each other and feeling the benefits. It’s fantastic that this award recognises all the work that goes into achieving this. Thank you to each Master Gardener, our local partners, and Local Food.”

Mark Wheddon, Local Food Programme Manager, said:

“The Local Food Awards are a unique opportunity to celebrate and reward the dedicated people who are delivering some of the excellent projects we have funded. All of our projects deserve recognition for the work they do, but we are delighted for Garden Organic on their success at the Awards.

“Their inspirational work to create a team of mentors who share knowledge across the board with support from an online network, saw them edge ahead of their competitors.”

Find out more

Master Gardeners Rodney and Sue with the award!

About the Master Gardener Programme

Since 2009, the Master Gardener Programme has received 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.

Today, thousands more people are benefiting from growing food with Master Gardeners thanks to commissions to start networks in new areas

Get in touch

Master Gardeners celebrating with the Award

Local Food Certificate and Trophy

150 people from Local Food projects gathered at the Lowry, Manchester

Who’s who?

  • Garden Organic (www.gardenorganic.org.uk) is the UK’s leading organic growing charity dedicated to promoting organic gardening in homes, communities and schools. Using innovation and inspiration, the charity aims to get more people growing in the most sustainable way. Garden Organic delivers through renowned projects such as the Food for Life Partnership, the Master Composter and Master Gardener schemes, and the work of The Heritage Seed Library.
  • Volunteer Master Gardeners benefit communities with food growing advice. The enthusiastic mentors are fully trained and supported by Garden Organic. People taking part in the programme show significant health, social and environment benefits after 12 months involvement and continued positive lifestyle change after 36 months involvement.
    The innovative Master Gardener Programme began in 2010 with funding from the Big Lottery Fund’s Local Food Scheme and Sheepdrove Trust, together with local government in city and rural populations. There are now mentor networks in Warwickshire, Coventry, North London, South London, Norfolk, Medway, Lincolnshire and Somerset. Garden Organic aims to develop and sustain these programme areas more nationally to follow the success of Garden Organic’s Master Composter network.
  • Local Food (www.localfoodgrants.org) is a £59.8 million programme that distributes money from the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) to a variety of food-related projects to help make locally grown food accessible and affordable to communities. It was developed by a consortium of 17 national environmental organisations, and is managed by the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts (RSWT).
    RSWT is a registered charity incorporated by Royal charter to promote conservation and manage environmental programmes throughout the UK. It has established management systems for holding and distributing funds totalling more than £20 million a year.
    The Big Lottery Fund
    (www.biglotteryfund.org.uk) is the largest distributor of National Lottery good cause funding. It is committed to bringing real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need, awarding over £4.4 billion to health, education, environment and charitable causes across the UK since 2004.

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Propagation day  – Master Gardener training

Propagation day – Master Gardener training

Coventry and Warwickshire Master Gardeners enjoyed a great day of winter growing ideas and propagation techniques on Saturday. As usual our lively and enthusaistic volunteers got stuck in sprouting seeds, growing microgreens and making new plants for free.

In addition we also celebrated our newly awarded trophy from Local Food, The Education and Learning award!

The frosty morning began with a session from Anton Rosenfeld, a firm favourite of the Master gardeners. Anton showed us how to produce nutritious seed sprouts cheaply with very little space needed,  with fenugreek, mung beans and green lentils all being top seeds to sprout.

 

Anton demonstrates how to sprout seeds successfully

We then had a micro session on growing micro greens – salad leaves picked at a very early stage – a quick and easy crop to grow on a windowsill. Anton recommended Haloon as an ideal micro green, a type of Indian cress. The seeds can be purchased very cheaply as a spice from Asian grocers. Everyone was able to sow their own tray of microgreens to take home.

Microgreens on the grow…..

The rest of the day was spent looking at different propagation methods, some in theory, such as grafting and layering, and some in practice. The Master Gardeners were able to try their hand at division, hardwood cutting, softwood cuttings and root cuttings. Everyone went away with armfuls of newly propagated plants, and new skills to pass on to the families and groups they support.

Feedback from the day

“Great day on Saturday.  I really enjoyed it.  The micro sowing was fab with Anton.  On the back of this learning I have today signed up a new household that were really keen to learn this method of growing.  Coincidentally her son has been asked to take in bean sprouts for his cooking lesson next week so he is adamant he is growing his own!!!”

“Without days like yesterday some of our families wouldn’t have the plants we have grown from cuttings, root division etc for nothing, not to mention the advice we can now give!”

 

Busy propagating

It was also a day of celebration, as the Master Gardeners were presented with the Education and Learning award, from Local Food. And it was a big Happy Birthday to Master Gardener Carla too!

Coventry and Warwickshire Master Gardeners with the Local Food award.

Happy Birthday Carla!

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Sue’s award success

Sue’s award success

Leamington Master Gardener Sue Wensley has earned second prize in the National Masters Volunteers awards. Congratulations!

Sue’s dedicated Master Gardener volunteering at Brunswick Healthy Living Centre’s allotment project caught the eye of the judging panel last month.

Sue helps at the allotment every week, offering guidance, advice and support to the group. She was presented her certificate by Volunteer co-ordinator Kate Newman, along with Steve Woodward from the Brunswick  Healthy living centre.

Sue receives her award down at the allotment

With the gang at the allotment

Read about all the award winners in this years awards

Read a blog – find out what other Master Gardeners have been up to.

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Local food heroes celebrate the harvest at Warwick University

Local food heroes celebrate the harvest at Warwick University

Earlier in the month the Master Gardener network were thrilled to be invited to go along to Warwick University Allotment Society’s Harvest Festival.  Not only was it a wonderful celebration of the food growing this season, but also an opportunity for two of the memebrs to be crowned ‘Local Food Heroes’ for the west Midlands. Chris Maughan (also a Master Gardener) and Laura Buchanan were recognised by the Big Lottery’s Local Fund for their dedication in getting students growing at the site, including weekly sessions and inspiring visits to other growing sites across the country. The society is part of  Student Eats a Local Food funded project supporting food growing, led by students at universities across the UK.

Chris and Laura receive their award – Congratulations!

Two members of the society, Chris and Carla, have become Master Gardeners over the past 3 years. Other Master Gardeners also supported a seed sowing activity at Go Green week, as well as at last week’s harvest festival.

It was a great afternoon, with exisiting and new society members coming along to find out more and get involved. Freshly barbequed sweetcorn, and delicious home cooked dishes using allotment produce. Chris gave a talk about the journey so far, and their hopes for the future before he and Laura were presented with their well deserved trophy!

Master Gardeners helped people sow seeds to grow on their windowsills, and chat about food growing too. The apple pressing began with great enthusiasm – nothing better than sweet fresh apple juice!  Agnes, from Student Eats, had bought along several apple varieties from Brogdale to taste and try. The afternoon was topped off with great songs performed by one of the students.

Sue plants a seed with one of the students

Fresh apple juice!

Enjoying the music and the apples.

 

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Garden Organic’s National Volunteer Masters come together to celebrate growing people and plants

Garden Organic’s National Volunteer Masters come together to celebrate growing people and plants

Garden Organic has hosted its National Volunteer Masters Conference 2013 bringing together composting and growing mentors from across the UK to celebrate their achievements.

More than 215 Master Gardeners, Master Composters, Local Food Project Co-ordinators, Seed Stewards and other likeminded volunteers attended Garden Organic’s Ryton Gardens site on September 28 for a day of activities to celebrate the work and achievements of the Masters Volunteers network.

A series of themed workshops took place across the day with subject areas including community composting, wildlife gardening, soil science and fruit growing advice.

Roger Key, Garden Organic’s Chair of Trustees, said

“For over a decade, Garden Organic has trained and supported volunteer mentors. This dedicated network of volunteers benefit communities across the country.

“The conference is a celebration of their achievement and an opportunity for us to acknowledge the dedication, inspiration and enthusiasm of the volunteers in delivering growing and composting activities into their communities and networks.”

Guest speaker Professor Chris Baines, a Garden Organic Ambassador and campaigner for urban nature conservation, provided an inspirational speech on the nature of the future highlighting the actions required now to protect our natural environment.

The National Volunteer Masters Awards Ceremony saw individual and group achievements across the Masters Volunteer Network recognised and rewarded within four key categories – Achievement Award, Master Award, Innovation and Social Media Award and Group Achievement Award. Read about the our 2013 award winners here.

Feedback from conference delegates

  • “Really well organised, brilliant venue, staff were so, so lovely”
  • “A very inspiring day! Shame it went so fast! See you next year.”
  • “Really enjoyed it, meeting people, speakers, groups and Ryton is lovely.”
  • “Wonderful presentation from Chris Baines.”
  • “Quite intense – lots of information crammed in (but good)”
  • “I genuinely didn’t realise there were so many ‘Master Composter’ or similar projects around the country so it was really helpful to see the bigger picture.”

Wonderful group of lively volunteers gather at Ryton Gardens.

Inside the group photo!

Early morning calm before 215 guests!

Garden Organic’s head of programmes, Margi Lennartsson addresses the audience

Garden Organic’s chair of trustees, Roger Key thanks the volunteers

Garden Organic’s new chief executive, James Cambell meets volunteers over tea and cake

Organic gardening expert, Pauline Pears leads a training session with volunteers

Coffee cups become plant pots

Masters with hens…

Workshop led by Ryton head gardener, Andi

Cutting the official conference cake…!

Group photos

New ‘Hens@Home’ mentors trained by Garden Organic at the National Volunteers Masters Conference 2013

Volunteers and co-ordinators involved with Garden Organic’s Sowing New Seeds project in growing spaces around England

Co-ordinators from Local Food projects gathered for a special workshop with Master Gardener Programme manager Philip Turvil (far left) as part of a Shared Learning Exchange visit. Co-ordinators were joined by lots of their volunteers

 

Volunteer Master Gardeners offer food growing advice to local people and communities. The volunteers are fully trained and supported by Garden Organic, the UK’s leading organic growing charity.

This programme is funded by the Big Lottery Fund’s Local Food scheme, Public Health, Local Authorites and commercial firms in eight areas, Warwickshire, North London, South London, Norfolk, Medway, Lincolnshire, Somerset and HMP Rye Hill. For more information visit the Master Gardener website at http://mastergardeners.org.uk

The Master Composter Programme is an initiative where Garden Organic work with community volunteers to promote and support home composting. Volunteers undertake a training programme in composting and issues surrounding organic waste management.

They then carry out activities in their local community to raise awareness and participation in home composting. The programme is carried out in collaboration with local authorities and WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme). For further information about the programme go to http://www.gardenorganic.org.uk/composting/mastercomposter.php

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