the training

Forest Garden studentsAlongside the informal training that takes place at our regular volunteer days (Fridays 10-3) there are many other training opportunities.

Gift Cards and Discounts

Training makes an excellent gift. Why not book a course for a friend or partner and let us surprise them with a gift card. You can book the time or just book them onto a future course. Day courses usually cost £65/£40 and the bulk price for booking two days is £110/£70. If we can find a way to reintroduce payment by volunteering, we will.

Our teachers

Our experienced teachers are passionate about sharing their knowledge of plants and forest gardening. We love to help people learn and have fun at the same time. Jo Homan delivers most of the training with appearances from Gemma Harris, Lewis McNeill, Glyn Harries and several ex-Creating a Forest Garden students. Together, we feel we're helping build local skills so we can start to have an impact on food production.

Background

From 2012 we started to offer several training days covering topics like plant identification, taxonomy, plant propagation and tool care. People can pay for their training by volunteering with us in advance. These courses were  very popular and attendees were already fairly knowledgeable about plants and often had connections with existing food growing projects. The teachers were all volunteers from the project and we managed to develop a good 'stock' of teachers, lessons plans, confidence and experience. We offered training workshops at festivals and at events, for example at the Capital Growth summer networking event and developed a bit of a reputation for offering good horticultural training.

Jo teaching at the Woodberry Grove gardensIn 2013, and as part of the Manor House PACT project, we started to offer more formal accredited training because we had the money to pay for sessional tutors and for a full time training manager, who would develop new courses and handle the bookings. Between 2013 and 2015 we offered 12 Permaculture Introductory courses, several accredited Plant Propagation training and four iterations of a really exciting new course called 'Creating a Forest Garden'. The training was very reasonably priced and places were targeted at people who live in the Manor House PACT area. People were able to pay for their training by volunteering with us at a rate of one day's volunteering for one day's training. As such, we broadened our outreach significantly, enabling 53 people to gain an accredited horticultural qualification. We also taught off site at the nearby Woodberry Grove garden and at the Castle Climbing Centre.