Great Outdoors: How Nature & Gardening Can Boost Your Wellbeing

Course Overview

This 4-week course celebrates the joy that can be gained from gardening and by accessing the fantastic outdoor space that is available to us all in our beautiful red rose county of Lancashire. The course aims to encourage people to access our amazing green spaces, take notice of our landscape, what goes on in nature and be able to take some time to practice the 5 ways to wellbeing. You will learn the pleasure of gardening and be able to identify various plants, tools and the importance of preparing the ground ready for planting.

What Will I Learn and How Will I be Learning?

All course work will be submitted through Zoom and Email.

This course is accredited and you will need to complete a short workbook / Microsoft Form to evidence your learning during the course.

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. This short course is aimed at creating new plants whether it is for growing your own food, visual enjoyment or your own satisfaction and personal wellbeing.

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@lal.ac.uk

If you require in-depth advice on progression opportunities or guidance on career choices please contact our Information, Advice, Guidance and Careers Advisers on 0333 0031717 or e-mail to iag&careers@lal.ac.uk

For general information about other courses, contact us on the same number or check out the website www.lal.ac.uk

Additional Information

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

Learners will need:

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

• 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 telephone 0333 0031717 or email. als@lal.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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