Summertime Greens

Ref: C3672430

Students will learn how to create an attractive area in which to work, relax and entertain, whilst also growing fruit, vegetables and flowers. Some sessions will take place at a local Community Allotment, (weather permitting) where there will be opportunities to gain practical experience. The class will plant up a raised bed with a carefully selected variety of vegetables and flowers, known as a polyculture, whilst enjoying the fresh air and gentle exercise. The allotment has wheelchair access with raised beds and potting table. There will also be sessions on vertical growing, companion planting, and edible flowers, along with many other topics.

Course aim

This course is about growing produce in small spaces from window boxes, containers and raised beds to large gardens, whilst creating attractive outdoor spaces for your enjoyment.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Design an attractive space in your backyard or garden.
  • Understand the term polyculture and be able to design a simple layout
  • Plant one type of vegetable or flower to put in your own growing space
  • Recognise 4 vegetables that can be grown verticallly

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

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
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • When sessions are at the allotment sturdy footwear is advisable, with waterproof jackets and/or suncream

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
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

Download full course outline

Summertime Greens Course Outline

Is this course right for me? Request more information

You can only enrol in person on the course.

Please call 0300 303 3464 to enquire about enrolling on this course.


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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