Creating Healthy Gardens

Ref: C3674611

Re-design your garden or growing space, be it large or small. This course will demonstrate how to plant seeds ready for Spring, offering suggestions on what would be the most appropriate for you. Students will be able to take seedlings home and if necessary be able to germinate them under cover at a local allotment beforehand. The tutor will demonstrate how to build a simple wormery and other topics covered will include encouraging wildlife in the garden, growing herbs and edible flowers as well as some unusual vegetables. Our relationship with nature is important for our well being and having a peaceful but productive area helps to achieve this. Weather permitting, some sessions may be held at a local allotment so students will gain practical skills and also see examples of gardening techniques.

Course aim

This course will help you to unlock the potential joys your garden can deliver. Explore how to make better use of your growing space, from large garden to window sill. Grow fruit, vegetables among the flowers and improve your health and well-being.

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:

  • Produce a simple plan for my own garden or growing area.
  • Describe to the tutor and other students how you hope to implement this.
  • Sow 4 types of seeds for your garden/space.
  • Understand the purposes of building a wormery and demonstrate your ability to make one.

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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support 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?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided
  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • It is advisable to wear warm,waterproof clothing for any outdoor sessions.

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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

Download full course information sheet

Creating Healthy Gardens


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

Not sure or have further questions? Contact

Visa Credit payments supported by RBS WorldPay Visa Debit payments supported by RBS WorldPay Visa Electron payments supported by RBS WorldPay Mastercard payments supported by RBS WorldPay Maestro payments supported by RBS WorldPay JCB payments supported by RBS WorldPay Solo payments supported by RBS WorldPay
RBS WorldPay Payments Processing