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Training Directory: Horticulture and Small Holding Short Courses

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Horticulture and Small Holding  - Short Training Courses

 

Practical and theoretical training in gardening, permaculture and small holding.  Everything from winter pruning of fruit trees to housing your hens.

30/05/2020 Introduction to Forest Gardening 2 Days

Denmark Farm, Betws Bledrws, Lampeter, Life Long Learning, Aberystwyth University 01970 623111 learning@aber.ac.uk www.aber.ac.uk/en/lifelong-learning/courses/

A forest garden is primarily a food-producing habitat and is based on the model of a natural woodland.  It is comprised of several layers which are usually composed of fruit and nut trees, as well as fruit bushes, perennial vegetables and herbs.

Cost £60.00

07/06/2020 Garden design 1 Day

West Dean College of Arts and Conservation, West Dean College of Arts and Conservation 01243 818300 bookingsoffice@westdean.org.uk c-js.info/2UEH2RO

Learn the basics of how to transform your ideas into a plan on paper that can be used to develop a garden. Through a series of exercises you will follow the stages of designing a garden, concentrating mainly on the layout but with some reference to hard landscaping and planting.

Cost £128.00

13/06/2020 Build an Edible Garden" 1 Day

Machynlleth, Wales, Centre for Alternative Technology 01660 704966 courses@cat.org.uk www.cat.org.uk/events/build-an-edible-garden/

Come and find out how to improve your soil, creating nutrient rich soil perfect for growing vegetables. Over the two days we'll cover a mix of practical and theory culminating in building an efficient food produce keyhole garden from scratch.

Cost £200

13/06/2020 Grow your Garden Know-How 0.5 Day

Sawdon, North Yorkshire, Down 2 Earth Training 07813 576214 Janice.d2e@googlemail.com www.d2e.org.uk

Looking at what to do in the garden for each season. Great for people new to gardening. Opportunity to ask questions and develop your knowledge. Email or telephone to book.

Cost £15

13/06/2020 Growing food under glass – advanced kitchen gardening 1 Day

West Dean College of Arts and Conservation, West Dean College of Arts and Conservation 01243 818300 bookingsoffice@westdean.org.uk c-js.info/2QJQSk6

Head Gardener Tom will take you through good soil preparation, pruning, propagating techniques as well as the best varieties to grow & how to manage pest & diseases. Tom will explain and give his expert insight and tips into how to grow tender vegetables and fruits under glass.

Cost £128.00

21/06/2020 Wild Cabbages and Carrots 1 Day

Tyland Barn, Kent Wildlife Trust 01622 662012 studydays@kentwildlife.org.uk c-js.info/36Ivilb

Learn to identify plants in the Wild Carrot and Wild Cabbage families

Cost £35

04/07/2020 Introduction to Permaculture 3 Days

Machynlleth, Wales, Centre for Alternative Technology 01654 704966 courses@cat.org.uk www.cat.org.uk/events/introduction-to-permaculture-2/

Permaculture focuses on land use but also encompasses other human needs such as energy, transport and social welfare. Learn how to use a set of principles including multipurpose spatial design and perennial planting systems to increase efficiency as well as improving human wellbeing.

Cost £120

04/07/2020 Managing and maintaining a mixed herbaceous border 1 Day

West Dean College of Arts and Conservation, West Dean College of Arts and Conservation 01243 818300 bookingsoffice@westdean.org.uk c-js.info/2y8GLPD

Learn the finer details of how to manage and maintain mixed herbaceous borders, using both traditional techniques and contemporary methods to create a soft and natural aesthetic. Develop a maintenance plan for future improvement, and explore traditional and modern maintenance techniques that are available to the gardener.

Cost £128.00

13/07/2020 The Science of Sustainable Food Production 5 Days

Machynlleth, Wales, Centre for Alternative Technology 01654 704966 courses@cat.org.uk www.cat.org.uk/events/the-science-of-sustainable-food-production/

Join students from CAT's Graduate School of the Environment to examine the scientific underpinnings of our agricultural system. Explore different types of production, from permaculture to GMOs, and look at the impacts and potential benefits of these in the context of environmental change and human wellbeing.

Cost £750

18/07/2020 Build a Dry Garden 2 Days

Machynlleth, Wales, Centre for Alternative Technology 01660 704966 courses@cat.org.uk www.cat.org.uk/events/build-a-dry-garden/

Climate change poses many threats to the stability of weather, increasing the risk of dry hot summers. This course shows you how to create a garden that what will survive arid summers, grow on sandy and well-drained soils, whilst still bringing wildlife and beauty into your home and garden.

Cost £200

18/07/2020 An Introduction to Garden Design 2 Days

Sawdon, North Yorkshire, Down 2 Earth Training 07813 576214 Janice.d2e@googlemail.com www.d2e.org.uk

Develop your knowledge to re-design your own garden; Look at real-life examples in the garden; Time to work on a design for your own garden. 10.00 – 4.00 (bring your lunch). Email or telephone to book.

Cost £80

22/07/2020 Summer Apple Tree Pruning 1 Day

Compton, near Guildford, Surrey Wildlife Trust 01372379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk c-js.info/37mbLrd

Learn the important techniques of summer pruning to enhance your harvest of apples.

Cost £35 members/£47 non-members

28/07/2020 Summer Series (1) Soils - a foundation for healthy gardens 1 Day

Godstone, Surrey Wildlife Trust 01372379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk c-js.info/3bzb1Ct

The foundation for a healthy and productive garden lies within the soil. Book one or all five in this summer series of courses.

Cost £25 Members/£37 non-members

29/07/2020 RHS information session 1 Day

Derbyshire Eco Centre, Middleton-by-Wirksworth, Derbyshire Adult Community Education Service 1643 533038 ecocentre@derbyshire.gov.uk c-js.info/33eXrAd

Join one of 3 separate sessions to help you decide if you would like to enrol on one of the RHS courses. A short assessment will form part of the session.

04/08/2020 Summer Series (2) Ponds - a wet place for wild plants and animals to thrive 1 Day

Godstone, Surrey Wildlife Trust 01372379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk c-js.info/2wegVJ4

Every garden needs a wet place for plants and animals to thrive. Book one or all five in this summer series of courses.

Cost £25 Members/£37 non-members

12/08/2020 Summer Series (3) Grasses - mini prairies for people and wildlife 1 Day

Nower Wood Educational Nature Reserve, Surrey Wildlife Trust 01372379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk c-js.info/2UL9m6G

Discover how the grass in your garden acts as a mini prairie for people and wildlife. Book one or all five in this summer series of courses.

Cost £25 Members/£37 non-members

13/08/2020 Designing your own garden 3 Days

West Dean College of Arts and Conservation, West Dean College of Arts and Conservation 01243818300 bookingsoffice@westdean.org.uk c-js.info/2UBxJ59

Tutor: Annie Guilfoyle. This short course is aimed at enthusiastic amateur gardeners who would like to design their own garden, either having taken on a brand new garden with nothing in it or having an established garden which requires change.

Cost £281.00

19/08/2020 Summer Series (4) Pollinators - bed and breakfast for insects 1 Day

Godstone, Surrey Wildlife Trust 01372379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk c-js.info/2uKwNlY

Ensure you are providing the best bed and breakfast for the insects in your garden. Book one or all five in this summer series.

Cost £25 Members/£37 non-members

26/08/2020 Summer Series (5) Homes - building havens for wildlife 1 Day

Godstone, Surrey Wildlife Trust 01372379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk c-js.info/38nhZZ7

Learn which are the best homes for attracting and keeping all forms of wildlife in your green spaces. Book one or all five in this summer series.

Cost £25 Members/£37 non-members

12/09/2020 Summer propagation – plants for free 1 Day

West Dean College of Arts and Conservation, West Dean College of Arts and Conservation 01243818300 bookingsoffice@westdean.org.uk c-js.info/33JxGZj

This course will enable you to propagate your own cuttings at home and increase your plant stocks.You will be able to try out various methods including herbaceous division, root cuttings, softwood and hardwood cuttings, layering, seed collection and treatments. Take home the plant material that you have propagated.

Cost £148.00

18/09/2020 Eco Refurbishment 4 Days

Machynlleth, Wales, Centre for Alternative Technology 1663 704966 courses@cat.org.uk c-js.info/2wugSc7

Refurbishing our homes to make them more energy efficient is one of the key aspects of effective action on climate change. Learn from one of the UK's leading experts in eco refurbishment and discover what key improvements you can make.

Cost £500

03/10/2020 Grow your Garden Know-How 0.5 Day

Sawdon, North Yorkshire, Down 2 Earth Training 07813 576214 Janice.d2e@googlemail.com www.d2e.org.uk

Looking at what to do in the garden for each season. Great for people new to gardening. Opportunity to ask questions and develop your knowledge. Email or telephone to book.

Cost £15

06/11/2020 Introduction to Permaculture 3 Days

FSC Juniper Hall, Field Studies Council 01306 734501 enquiries.jh@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/introduction-to-permaculture/

Permaculture is the design of more sustainable environments using nature as inspiration. In this course you will be introduced to permaculture, its history and origins and the core ethics and principles it is based on. We will then look at the gardens and features of Juniper Hall and how they fit into the permaculture model as well as learning about examples of permaculture projects from further afield.

Cost £205.00

13/11/2020 Introduction to Small Holding Management 3 Days

FSC Juniper Hall, Field Studies Council 01306 734501 enquiries.jh@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/introduction-to-small-holding-management/

Working from Juniper Hall and a 90 acre working farm in Carshalton, Surrey along the top of the North Downs ridge, this course will be run by the farm manager and will deal with all aspects of keeping sheep and cattle, touching on keeping other animals as well.

Cost £250.00

19/11/2020 Gardening for Wildlife 1 Day

High Elms, Bromley, idverde 01689860571 beeche@idverde.co.uk www.bromleyparks.co.uk/bookings

This course aims to show how gardens can be used by wildlife and looks at ways to encourage and support biodiversity within garden settings. Taking an ecologist's perspective, the course includes classroom and outdoor sessions. Led by John Pemberton, Community and Education Development Manager for idverde Bromley.

Cost £25

If you are interested in any of the courses detailed please contact ONLY the person, centre, telephone number or email address and remember to mention that you saw the listing in CJS Training Directory. For all courses assume that booking is required and a fee may be applicable.