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Become a Master Gardener

Become a Master Gardener

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Master Gardener

We’re looking for people with a passion to inspire others to have a go at growing their own food.

Master Gardeners vary hugely, from a couple of years growing experience to many decades. They’re welcome from all sections of the community. They don’t need to be experts on organic growing as this is part of training and support.

Teaching sowing techniques

Volunteer role

  • Master Gardeners help bring together growing groups and initiatives unique to Norfolk.
  • Each has their own innovate ways of promoting the benefits of growing your own, such as events, talks, articles, and through community groups and schools.
  • Each Master Gardener supports 3 householders just beginning to grow their own food, offering seasonal advice and support for 12 months.
  • Volunteers ‘graduate’ as Master Gardeners after 30 hours a year volunteering (about half a day a month). Most continue beyond.
  • They feedback their hours, activities, successes and problems to their local volunteer co-ordinator, Gabbie Joyce

Read latest case studies here

We very proud of our volunteers.  Read their latest news here


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  • Full Master Gardener training supported by dedicated manual and interactive website.
  • Active support from the local volunteer co-ordinator, Gabbie Joyce, including one-to-one guidance, horticultural training, newsletters, and factsheets.
  • Part of a community of Master Gardeners promoting food growing around the UK.
  • Free resources, badge, clothing, safe working policies, insurance, expenses, awards, Garden Organic membership and discounted Grow Your Own magazine subscription.

Questions and application

Coming together

Please click here contact us with questions and application requests.

Our local volunteer co-ordinator Gabbie Joyce will then get in touch to discuss the programme and arrange to meet you.

Since Master Gardeners work with the public, we carry out reference checks.

Breckland training dates (two day induction course)

28 & 29 March 2015 (Sat & Sun)

Places are limited and by sucessful application only.

Not in Breckland?

We have Master Gardeners supporting food growing in areas further afield, see our other programme areas, or contact us to help us start a Master Gardener programme near you.

Other ways to get involved