Gardening and Grow Your Own Courses and Workshops

Discover Gardening courses run each term for 10 weeks. You can sign up for just one term or continue for as many terms as you like as each one is different.

The courses run each term may change. For information about which courses will be taking place and availability of places, please phone Carol on 07932 355742, or email

Discover the Past, Present and Future of your Garden

Discover the history of gardens, with outings to local gardens and parks of interest. Find out what you should be doing week by week in your garden and have your horticultural puzzles solved in Question and Answer time.

Wednesdays, 12 – 2pm

Cost: £60.00 for each 10 week term (20 hours)

How to Grow Fruit, Vegetables and Herbs

This course will be run in its entirety over 3 terms, with each term covering a specific subject in the classroom and with practical sessions.

The practicals will take place in our gardens and poly-tunnels. Learn what you should be doing in your garden at exactly the right time, practice it with us and then go home and do it there!

In the first term the main theory area to be covered will be fruit, including what to plant, new types, how to prune, feeding and general maintenance.

Thursdays, 9.30am – 12pm

Cost: £75.00 per 10 weeks (25 hours)
The cost is for each term. You can do one term or all three.

A to Z of Gardening – Ornamental and Productive

Looking at a new subject every week to help you in your garden. Find out what you should be doing week by week and have your problems solved in Gardener’s Question Time.

Thursday afternoons.

Cost: £60 per 10 week term.

Garden Group

This group meets to discuss garden related subjects important to them with a chosen topic for each session. We also discuss what you should be doing week by week in your garden and hold Gardener’s Question Time.

Fridays, 9.30am – 11.30am.

Cost: £60 per 10 week term.

Practical Gardening

Discover and practice tasks you can do in your garden including pruning, taking cuttings, improving your soil, sowing seeds for summer colour, looking at YOUR garden for the following year and much more!

Cost: £60 per 10 week term.

One Day Workshops

We run one-off workshops on selected Friday afternoons and Saturdays to include Gardeners’ Question Time, composting, and gardening in a changing climate. For more details of upcoming workshops, or to book a place, please phone Carol on 07932 355742, or email

Willow Weaving Workshops

There is usually one willow weaving workshop before Christmas, making door wreaths and other decorations. We also hold a willow weaving session in the New Year to make items for the garden, such as wigwams for peas and structures to support herbaceous plants like peonies.

Other Courses and Workshops

Learning in Deprived Community Courses and Workshops

These courses have been based around allotment growing. Peat will be banned from multipurpose composts in 2024 and so we emphasise the importance of composting as an alternative to using peat. We teach how growing and composting can help reduce the impacts and tackle the challenges of climate change. The courses also highlight the benefits of working together.

Science and Horticulture – Level 2 and Level 3

This course ran for two years and finished in summer 2023. It followed the Royal Horticultural Society Level 2 Horticulture qualification. We covered a number of topics including plant science, botany, plant identification, soils science, design, growing fruit and vegetables and growing under protection. This course was aimed at people who wanted a more in depth knowledge of horticulture and gave the them the information necessary to take the associated exams in the future if they wish.