Supported Learning - Gardening & Horticulture at Weavers

Ref: C3740993

This course is suited for less physically able men and women wanting to learn about plant care and the basics of seed propagation for our vegetable and flower borders, and seasonal containers. The pace of this quieter less active afternoon class is especially suited to the elderly gardener, wheelchair users and those suffering dementia.

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?

Suitable for supported learners who can be accompanied by enthusiastic support workers.. This'Quieter' group is specifically planned for, and welcomes, those gardeners with more challenging learning or physical difficulties, no experience necessary.

What topics will this course cover

General and gentle 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 a number of plants from cuttings and from division 2 Monitor their growth and care 3 Identify a range of seasonal plants 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 as 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. For Hygiene reasons 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 preparation needed. There are a range of magazines and subject specific books available in the classroom. For inspiration, general knowledge and awareness. Gardeners are encouraged to visit local gardens especially those open through the various schemes during the summer months.

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 digital photography would be beneficial for some.

Download full course outline

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
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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