Master Gardener Programme wins education award

Master Gardener Philip Turvil (centre) accepts Local Food award
Master Gardener Philip Turvil (centre) accepts Local Food award

Garden Organic’s Master Gardener Programme has won an ‘Education and Learning’ award, at the Local Food Awards for its online network.

Master Gardener programme manager Philip Turvil 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.

Said Turvil who also writes a blog for Horticulture Week: "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."

Local Food programme manager Mark Wheddon said: "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."

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. 


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