Supported Learning Gardening and Horticulture

Ref: C3743832

An opportunity for men and women wanting to learn at Supported Learner beginner level all types of plant care and propagation while having opportunities to work with a range of tools on garden maintenance projects suitable to the individual's ability. Learning with support to become a good all round gardener while taking gentle exercise and getting closer to the natural world.

Course aim

Our aim is to promote health and well-being for supported learning students through a closeness to nature, plant knowledge and horticulture, friendships and gardening.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Suitable for most supported learners, those with specific and more challenging conditions may need to seek advice from the tutor.

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

  • Plant a variety of flower and vegetable seeds
  • Monitor their growth to ensure a healthy plant outcome
  • Identify a range (5) of Spring /seasonal plants.
  • Take part in a range of suitable gardening maintenance tasks
  • Use a variety of suitable tools, returning them clean after use.

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
  • Learners will be encouraged to garden more in their homes to continue their learning experience.

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
  • A group diary is kept and records learners' work each session to be referred to as evidence of progress.

What else do I need to know?

  • 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
  • Suitable clothing for outside work especially footwear. Personal gardening gloves which fit tightly FOR LEARNERS AND THEIR SUPPORT WORKERS.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre study needed but gardening magazines, TV programmes and garden visits should be encouraged whenever possible.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

Download full course information sheet

Supported Learning Gardening and Horticulture


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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