Supported Learning - Gardening & Horticulture at Weavers

Ref: C3740992

Suitable for men and women wanting to learn at S/L beginner level all types of plant care and propagation while having opportunities to work with a range of tools on garden maintenance projects suitable to the individual's ability. Learning with support to become a good all round gardener.

Additional information about this course

Half term: 30/05/2017.

Course aim

In order to promote health and well-being students will take opportunities to work outside as much as possible and enhance everyday experiences by connecting with the natural world through plants and wildlife. To expose learner gardeners by hands on environmental learning through plant knowledge, propagation skills and garden maintenance programmes, To provide learners with opportunities for gentle exercise and through friendships and gardening experience a feeling of well being helping improve mental health and promoting a healthier life style.

Who is the course for?

This is a part time leisure course for all students who require Supported learning. No gardening experience needed. The level of fitness and ability to be assessed by the support staff or family so they can put in place the relevant support during ea

What topics will this course cover

General seasonal garden maintenance and plant care as it becomes apparent. Safe use of a variety of tools Setting up a programme of care to encourage successful outcomes for the plants Propagating a variety of flowers and vegetables within our 'plants for free' programme Seasonal container planting and care House gardening and houseplant care Plant ID Working together as part of a team

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 Create new plants by taking cuttings and by division 2 Monitor growth and care in the veg and flower gardens (inc watering, insect and disease watch) 3 Identify a range of seasonal plants whilst creating summer containers. 4 Take part in a number of seasonal garden maintenance programmes. 5 Use a variety of tools and equipment safely, cleaning and putting away after use

How will I know I'm making progress?

Through Q&A. By observation and discussion on the outcome of a task with each individual and supporter staff if appropriate.

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

In order that the gardeners can take part in garden maintenance tasks and connect with the natural world BOTH GARDENER AND STAFF are asked to wear suitable shoes and clothing for HOT, WET or COLD weather. Personal gardening gloves WHICH FIT THE INDIVIDUAL i.e not too BIG. NB Support staff should also be equipped with gloves. There is always a range of books and magazines available on site for the gardeners to use for ideas and inspiration.

Reading and information sources

No reading or preparation needed. We have a range of books and magazines available to encourage learners interests and ask support staff and managers to continue interest through gardening and wild life TV programmes and web sites if IT is available. Visits to local gardens through the open garden schemes would be inspirational and informative.

What could the course lead to?

Occasionally more able gardeners may gain work experience in nurseries specialising in propagation. S/L courses in related subjects such as IT or photography would be beneficial for some. Supported volunteer work could be considered for some.

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Supported Learning - Gardening & Horticulture at Weavers 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
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