Beginners Supported Learning Gardening and Horticulture

Ref: C3743849

Suitable for men and women wanting to learn at Supported Learning beginner level but at a slower, quieter pace. Less able Gardeners or those with low mobility or wheelchair users may consider this course. We will cover all types of plant care and propagation while having opportunities to work with a range of tools suitable to the individuals needs and ability. Learning with support to become a good all round gardener and to experience a feeling of well being through a love of plants.

Additional information about this course

This course is run by the WEA, working in partnership with East Surrey College delivering Adult Learning across the East Surrey area. This is a fee paying course. If you are in receipt of an income related benefit you may be entitled to free tuition.

Course aim

To provide a NEW gardening experience for learners needing a slower and quieter pace of learning in the garden.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • If you are unsure if the course is right for you please contact the tutor via the WEA

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

  • Plant a variety of seeds both vegetables and flowers.
  • Monitor their growth to ensure healthy plants
  • Identify a small range of Spring plants
  • Undertake a range of suitable gardening tasks outside and in.
  • Use a variety of suitable general gardening tools, ensuring they are returned 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

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
  • Take part verbally, possibly through support staff, to record your work during the group diary time at end of session

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided
  • Suitable clothes and foot wear for outside work if necessary plus well fitting gardening gloves

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • Encouragement to start simple gardening tasks at home. TV programmes, gardening magazines and opportunities to visit other gardens

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Beginners Supported Learning Gardening and Horticulture

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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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