On a wet, but thankfully not snowy February morning, Breckland Master Gardeners and Norfolk Master Composters gathered together at The Green Britain Centre, Swaffham. The event marked the celebration of two successful years of Breckland Master Gardeners and the hard work of both Masters schemes in Norfolk.
The day started with a cuppa and a catch up, followed by the main part of the event, the Apple Grafting Master Class, lead by Breckland Master Gardener Robert. He expertly explained the different techniques used when grafting apple trees, with the group practicing on willow trees to start.
After a short break, it was time to put practise into action, with the real thing! Root Stock was provided, along with many different types of apple trees to choose to graft. Grafting apple trees is much harder then willow trees, so this proved quite challenging, but thankfully everyone ended up with a grafted apple tree and all fingers in tact!
For more information on the benefit of this technique see Robert’s blog.
Following the Apple Grafting Master Class, the groups split up, with the Master Composters building bug houses and the Master Gardeners spending some time celebrating the past two years of the scheme. Sadly we also spent some time saying goodbye to long standing Co-ordinator Gabbie Joyce who after many years leading successful Norfolk and Breckland Master Gardeners schemes, has decided to leave the organisation to move onto other endeavours. We wish her all the best for current and future projects and thank her for all her hard work. The Master Gardeners also received their certificates of achievements and were given an update from Garden Organic.
Over lunch, a gorgeous allotment cake was cut and all volunteers were thanked for their contributions and hard work.
For more information about how to get involved with either the Master Gardener or Master Composter Scheme, contact your local Co-ordinator
There are also lots more photos of the event on our Flickr page so take a look!