More garden masters, more food growers in our communitiesPosted Thursday 26th January 2012
Another 80 expertly trained volunteers will support hundreds more people in the UK to grow their own food thanks to a six-month extension of Garden Organic’s Master Gardener programme.
The extension is thanks to the ongoing support from the Big Lottery Fund’s Local Food scheme, together with Sheepdrove Trust and local authority partners meaning that the programme can continue to support households to grow their own food until February 2013.
Garden Organic is thrilled that the programme will now run for another six months, as this will mean:
- A longer period of one-to-one support for all of the project’s active Master Gardeners
- 80 newly trained Master Gardeners to give food growing support to hundreds of householders in Warwickshire, Norfolk and London
- An ambitious training and event programme for Master Gardeners and their mentored households to take part in
- Further research in collaboration with Coventry University to evaluate the social, environment and health impacts of Master Gardeners supporting communities to grow their food.
The Master Gardener programme has so far been a resounding success, offering communities the chance to have a go at growing food with the benefit of being mentored by a dedicated Master Gardener volunteer. The extended delivery time will provide further opportunities for Garden Organic to develop ways for sustaining and expanding the networks of Master Gardeners, meeting with local authorities, health care trusts and potential sponsors and funders to maintain the programme’s reach and impact.