Gardening for Wellbeing (Tuesday)

Ref: C3528084

This course will give you the opportunity to work as part of a team on the allotments site, sharing skills and contributing to group projects. The nature and extent of the site offers a range of activities in addition to general gardening (sowing seeds, watering). Continuous improvements and repairs are essential which involves basic woodwork, recycling and tool maintenance.

Additional information about this course

Enrolment on all courses is via Reception Office, Carlton Centre, Carlton Street, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1UA, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. Tel: 01934 426442. All students must register with Carlton Centre. One hour of first session is at Carlton Centre. No session on 30/05.

Course aim

To introduce the basic principles of horticulture and social gardening. To maintain and improve the gardens, including upkeep of raised beds, sheds and poly tunnel with ongoing repairs.

Who is the course for?

This is a targeted course for students who are registered with the Carlton Centre. For further information please contact Phil Lyons on 0117 9166511. An interest in gardening is the main requirement.

What topics will this course cover

All aspects of allotment gardening, as well as a range of maintenance activities, making a positive difference to your mental and physical health. An opportunity to resume a degree of commitment, increasing levels of employability. We hope to arrange a group trip on one day to a local gardening community project, which will provide an experience of discovery, diversity and progression routes.

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

1. Work as part of a team on various gardening activities. 2. Demonstrate the correct method of sowing two different sized seeds. 3. Explain the procedure of 'pricking out' seedlings and the need for potting up.

How will I know I'm making progress?

Your learning progress will be assessed informally throughout the course and feedback will be provided on an ongoing one to one basis. Final assessment will be provided through feedback on practical achievement as well as self-assessment via Student Learning Record.

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

Please wear weather appropriate clothing, e.g. waterproofs if it’s raining, sunhats in the summer and boots are essential whatever the weather. 50p per week as contribution towards tea,coffee, etc.

Reading and information sources

Not essential.

What could the course lead to?

Further education in horticultural or related subjects. Renting own allotment plot or growing at home. Paid or voluntary work. Joining clubs etc., e.g. local horticultural societies.

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Gardening for Wellbeing (Tuesday) Course Outline


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  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2016
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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