Introduction to horticulture

We provide educational packages working with a wide variety of organisations and groups. Through our community work we deliver vocational programmes of engagement around "Green & Growing" and "Grow your Own". We are an Open Awards accredited centre and through this we offer a suite of horticulture qualifications, from Entry Level to Level 2.

The gardening sessions have brought a new lease of life to the court and our residents; they have thoroughly enjoyed the time in the garden and wish to continue to take on all the hard work with the help of the staff.
— Manager (Monica Court, Eccles)

We run our horticulture sessions from Tindall Education Centre at the allotments in Peel Green, Eccles. This education centre incorporates our growing spaces and classroom.

Thanks to our ties with the community growing group Incredible Edible Salford we have access to a large space filled with raised beds, polytunnel, greenhouse and other growing areas. This allows us to teach comprehensive horticulture courses from our location.

We work with many schools & colleges providing both enrichment and accredited Horticulture Qualifications. We can create bespoke programmes to suit the needs of individual schools. Previously we have delivered 6 week enrichment growing groups to full time accredited qualifications covering a full academic year.

Our work involves people of all ages. We have delivered gardening sessions with Nursery Schools to clients at Age UK. We have worked with local Community Groups, Mental Health Provision, Health and Wellbeing Providers, Friends of Parks groups and Independent Nurseries and Summer Schools.

It all made such a difference to my life as it got me out of the house and I made many friends. Going to the gardening group gives me something to look forward to.
— George, 79 (Age UK, Critchely Cafe)

The activities we provide hold many benefits in addition to those provided by the pathways of our qualifications.

Horticulture offers a route into better physical health thanks to increased education with regards to the origins of our food, and the benefits of the physical activity intrinsic to the activities.

It offers benefits to mental health thanks to the sense of purpose and achievement found through the growth and care of plants. It also offers opportunities to connect with other people and reduces feelings of isolation and exclusion. As well as this, it is an activity done outdoors, increasing contact with nature and enjoying the physical and emotional benefits common to all outdoor activity.

For these reasons a horticulture program can have a place in the education of any group or individual. Find out how we can structure sessions around your unique needs and get in touch today.