Gardening for Wellbeing

Ref: C3530483

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 and choosing what to grow. You will be given advice on seed sowing, plant care and harvesting.

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.

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:

  • Work as part of a team on various gardening activities.
  • Decide and choose different vegetables to grow and demonstrate method of seed sowing.
  • Explain the practice of preparing the earth for spring seed sowing.
  • Identify three different weeds and correct method of removal and disposal.

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

What else do I need to know?

  • 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 a packed lunch.

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
  • This course could lead to a range of job opportunities. Follow link to National Careers Service for more details
  • 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

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Gardening for Wellbeing


As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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