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MASTER GARDENERS

Master Gardeners in Leicestershire give free food growing advice and support to local people and communities. They are now active across the county. The local coordinator is Alison McGrath, who organises and coordinates the volunteers.

The volunteer network was launched by Garden Organic (Henry Doubleday Research Association) in April 2014, in partnership with Leicestershire County Council (Public Health).

Master Gardeners share their knowledge to help others grow their own food. Those running the Master Gardeners scheme are always looking for people across Leicestershire for assistance in running new community gardens. Each Master Gardener has a different gardening experience; some have valuable skills to share, but the number one requirement is enthusiasm.

It is interesting that once a person has tasted really good home-grown food grown at virtually no cost, supermarket produce appears much less attractive.

Volunteers have a two day foundation training course following by ongoing support and training. Master Gardeners qualify after 30 hours a year volunteering, and most continue beyond.

An interesting video not from the Leicester Master Gardeners but explains the joys of using their guidance.

Alison McGrath, Coordinator, Leicestershire Master Gardeners

Tel: 07584 343847

www.leicestershire.mastergardeners.org.uk