Gardening & Growing for Health, Wellbeing & Pleasure

Course Overview

Gardening and growing your own plants, vegetables and flowers can bring a wide range of health and wellbeing benefits. However, for some, starting out can seem quite daunting, so this 4-week course is a perfect introduction to gardening and growing. You don’t need to have experience, or access to a garden because our expert teachers will adapt the content so you can experience the benefits, even if you only have a small yard or windowsill.

How long is the course?

The course is delivered 2 hours per session over 4 weeks.

What Will I Learn and How Will I be Learning?

All course work will be submitted through Zoom, Microsoft Forms or Workbooks, Padlet and Email.

This course is accredited and it is important that you submit all completed work as evidence to the teacher by the end of the course in order to complete.

Entry Requirements

In order to attend the course, learners should be able to follow verbal and written instructions in English at Entry Level 3 and above.  Learners will also need a basic level of IT skills to be able to access the course and follow online instructions. If training or support is needed, please enquire about our free ICT courses.

Learners will need access to a computer, laptop or tablet device with access to the internet.  All devices should have a camera, sound and a microphone so they are able to interact with their teacher and peers during the course. 

The course will be delivered online using Zoom and learners will be sent the join details and links prior to the course. This online platform can be accessed via an app on a smart phone, tablet or iPad or alternatively via the website: https://www.zoom.us

All learners will need to enrol online prior to any course starting through the college’s online enrolment portal: https://enrol.lal.ac.uk/ Direct enrolment links to specific courses will be provided.

Online courses require a minimum of 5 learners and a maximum of 8 in order to be viable.

Partners - direct enrolment links to specific courses will be provided. 

What Can I Do Next?

Following the completion of this course the following progression option are available:

E2 Award in Horticulture: Each week the tutor will cover a different subject within the remit of Horticulture. This may vary due to seasonality but will always include plant propagation, weed identification and control methods, Use and care of tools used in Horticulture.

Longer accredited courses in Practical Horticulture or Conservation – more information can be provided by your teacher, please enquire if you are interested.

Lancashire Adult Learning run other associated and general interest courses – please see the latest course brochure for details. Or contact the Partnership & Recruitment Officer’s for Health & Well-being using the following email address: proteam@nelsongroup.ac.uk

For general information about other courses, check out the website www.lal.ac.uk

Additional Information

Learners will need:

Access to a garden, green space, allotment or outdoor area where possible.

Access to a small range of gardening tools, containers, compost, labels, pencil and watering equipment although this is not necessary as some of this can be provided.

The Additional Learning Support Teams work across college supporting students with a variety of learning needs in different ways.  Support can be requested at enrolment or at any point throughout your course. For more information email als.lal@nelsongroup.ac.uk

For more information on booking onto a course, telephone 0333 0031717

It would be useful to have a pen and paper so you can make notes throughout the course.

What happens next

Once you’ve enrolled onto an online course, your tutor will get in touch with you ahead of your course start date to discuss how to access your online programme and will provide support with this process, where required.

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Please note that our courses are eligible for adults aged 19+ who live in Lancashire. Find out more here.

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