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Become a Master Gardener

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Leicestershire Master Gardener.

We are recruiting now! Next induction date – 20th/21st September 2014 – limited spaces available!

Contact Alison McGrath on 07584 343847 or click here to join this vibrant network

Master Gardeners

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

Master Gardener 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.

Volunteer role

  • Master Gardeners help bring together growing groups and initiatives unique to the area.
  • 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 also supports 5 households 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 Lincolnshire volunteer co-ordinator

Read latest case studies here

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


  • Full Master Gardener training supported by dedicated manual and interactive website.
  • Active support from the Leicestershire volunteer co-ordinator, 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.

Questions and application

Coming together

Please contact us here with any questions and application requests.

Our Leicestershire co-ordinator Alison McGrath 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.

Leicestershire training dates (two day induction course)

  September 20th/21st 2014
Click here to register your interest
Places are limited

Not in Leicestershire?

We have Master Gardeners supporting food growing in neighbouring counties in LincolnshireNorfolk, Warwickshire, Medway and South London.

If you’re further afield, please see our future areas, or contact us to help us start a Master Gardener programme near you.

Other ways to get involved