National Charity Garden Organic  worked with Croydon Council as part of the Food Flagship programme, to introduce 20 new food growing mentors to the borough.

The Master Gardeners worked across Croydon to encourage residents to start growing some of their own food. The advice and support was all free to anyone who wanted to give growing a go!

Councillor Timothy Godfrey, cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport, said: “This is a great opportunity for keen local gardeners to help spread the word of the value of producing fruit and veg for home consumption.

“As part of Croydon’s commitment to the Heart Town project, we’re fully behind the drive to have local people eating wholesome, nutritious food and there’s no surer way of getting that than by growing it yourself.

“There are hundreds of Master Gardeners across the country, all doing their bit to help others, and I’m sure Croydon can add to that number – and help ensure a healthier future for local people.”