Garden Organic’s Ryton Gardens near Coventry is a fabulously beautiful place, and on Saturday it was teeming with amazing people – Master Gardeners and Master Composters from across the country who had gathered for their annual National Masters Conference.
National Masters Conference (Olympics-themed) cake!
At last year’s conference, my eco-musical Compost!The (mini-)Musical (commissioned by York Rotters) won an award for innovation.
National Masters Innovation Award 2011 for Compost! The (mini-)Musical
This year, Catherine Bamford from York Rotters and I were invited to the conference to give the delegates a flavour of the musical.
A packed marquee of some 160 Master Gardeners and Master Composters raised the roof with their enthusiastic drumming, chanting and singing of the musical. What a great sound – from a record-breaking number of Compost! performers.
Afterwards the participants were teeming with suggestions: we ought to go on a national tour – no, a world tour; if the ‘Military Wives’ could do it, so could the ‘Master Gardeners and Composters’, they enthused!
Although we have no national (or international) tour planned – as yet! – lots of delegates bought a Compost!The (mini-)Musical Teaching Pack, so they’ll be taking the musical back to their part of the country and putting on performances where they are. I’m looking forward to hearing how these performances go!
Compost! The (mini-)Musical Teaching Pack flyer
Next on the stage after us was Chris Collins, the Blue Peter gardener, who gave an inspiring talk about how to engage and enthuse children about plants and gardening.
Blue Peter gardener Chris Collins, the next speaker on stage at Garden Organic after our Compost! The (mini-)Musical. 30 June 2012
Thank you to everyone at Garden Organic who was involved in organising the conference and putting on the workshops. And hats off to all the Master Gardeners and Master Composters who give up their time to volunteer in their communities, making them greener, more sustainable places, full of happier, healthier and more fulfilled people. (I can say this with confidence as the research presented at the conference had the stats to prove it!)
Me with Blue Peter gardener Chris Collins at the National Masters Conference at Garden Organic, 30 june 2012
Stop Press: The post-conference feedback has been great too. Take a look at this quote from the (Masters award-winning) ‘The Compost Bin’ blog:
‘After the lunch break we were treated to a performance of “Compost – the mini musical” from Anneliese Emmans Dean and York Rotters – which was absolutely BRILLIANT. So funny and creative! If you can go and see it I recommend doing so. It is also available to purchase as a teaching tool .’
Anneliese Emmans Dean – info@theBigBuzz.biz – www.theBigBuzz.biz