Gardening for Wellbeing

Ref: C3528946

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. You will have the option of working on your own raised bed, choosing what to grow . You will be given advice on seed sowing, plant care and harvesting.

Additional information about this course

Enrolment is via the Carlton Centre, Carlton St., Weston Super Mare, BS231UA. Monday - Friday 9am -5am 01934426442 Students must register with the Carlton centre. This is a centre for vulnerable adults. no session on 13/2/18

Course aim

To identify 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. To demonstrate practical application of skills.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • An interest in gardening is all that's required, along with the enjoyment of working outside.

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

  • Work as part of a team on various gardening activities.
  • Identify three vegetables from their seed.
  • Demonstrate correct method for preparing ground for seed sowing.
  • Explain three reasons for crop rotation.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • This is a practical course. You will be shown various gardening skills with a direct approach, 1 to 1 support if needed.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided
  • Suitable clothing for gardening and consider the weather conditions. Boots, and coats in the winter. You may want to bring your own gardening gloves. Bring packed lunch and 50p each session which covers hot drinks throughout the day.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • You could progress onto renting your own allotment, improving your own garden or joining a community group helping to maintain local green spaces.

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Gardening for Wellbeing


You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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