Calling all food growers in Croydon!

Leading charity Garden Organic, working with Croydon Council’s Food Flagship programme, is recruiting more Master Gardeners in the borough.

Master Gardeners are volunteers who help people learn how to start growing some of their own food.

The Garden Organic team will be supporting local residents to grow fruit and vegetables in community gardens and at home.

The network started last autumn and already Master Gardeners have supported the saffron harvest at the pop-up saffron farm in central Croydon and are helping people get engaged with the borough’s community gardens.

Image: Garden Organic Taking a cutting of covo (African kale)

Image: Garden Organic
Taking a cutting of covo (African kale)

What does it take to be a Master Gardener?
They are looking for experienced food-growers who enjoy sharing their knowledge with others.

You can apply now for a two-day foundation course taking place on March 5th and 6th in Croydon.

Following foundation training, volunteers enjoy free Garden Organic membership, support from a dedicated co-ordinator, organic cotton polo shirt, badge, insurance and ongoing training, interactive website and start-up pack.

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Master Gardeners training session Image: Garden Organic

Co-ordinator Liza Scholefield says,

“More and more people in Croydon are becoming interested in growing their own food for better health, taste and value.

Master Gardeners offer support to people who want to start growing, but would benefit from some help and advice.

They also go out into the community to promote the benefits of food growing through events, community talks, and practical demos.

The great thing about the scheme is you don’t have to be an expert to be apply to be a volunteer. All you need is a minimum of a couple of years experience of growing your own, together with a passion for encouraging others to have a go.”


If you live in the borough of Croydon and are interested in becoming a Master Gardener, call co-ordinator Liza Scholefield on 07584 474778 or email or Catherine Graham on For more information visit

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Image: Garden Organic




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