Backyard Gardening Taster

Ref: C3677100

Discover how to make the most of your garden or any available growing space, even a window sill. Sow some seeds to take home and join in discussions to exchange ideas with others on the course. Consider various space saving options such as growing in containers, pots, hanging baskets or even growing vertically up walls. We will visit a local community allotment (weather permitting) where you will be have the opportunity to do some practical work, possibly leading towards you becoming a volunteer at the site. Gardening is recognised as being extremely beneficial to physical and mental well-being, so come along to this taster session and try it for yourself!

Course aim

Create a garden or improve the one you have. Design a relaxing productive area either at home or on a nearby allotment. Grow your own food crops and/or ornamental plants. Utilise pots,tubs and even walls if you have limited space. ..

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 a basic plan for your growing area.
  • Feel confident enough to sow seeds to take home.
  • Choose 4 varieties of flower/ fruit/ veg/ you want to grow
  • Name 2 ways to attract beneficial insects to your garden.

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
  • Some of the course will be held outdoors.

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
  • 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
  • Plese wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear

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 http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

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Backyard Gardening Taster

Enrolment Conditions

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 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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