Grow Leader Course

Grow Leader Course

Helping people and wildlife thrive

Develop an understanding of basic growing techniques and holistic landscape management that you could use at allotment, community garden or small market garden scale.

This eight day course leads you through seven days of learning on-site at Grow Wilder in a small class-size (maximum 12 students), using the resources and facilities on site. The eighth day offers an opportunity to bring together the learning as a group in shared, practical demonstrations and workshops.

This is mainly a horticultural course, with aspects of ecology, community engagement, wellbeing and project realisation. The course is run by a range of tutors who are experts in their field and passionate about wildlife- friendly food growing and landscape management. 

COURSE CONTENT:

- Ecology for food growers

- Wellbeing with nature

- Soil health and management

- Planning your production

- Water systems and irrigation

- Plant health

- Polycultures, orchards, shrubs, hedgerows & woodland

- Whole site planning

- Land and habitat management

2022 course

We are delighted to offer this course again for 2022, after a year-long break during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Tickets will go on sale at 11am on Monday 25th October 2021 on Eventbrite. 

You will be able to pay your first deposit towards the course and reserve your space through our Eventbrite Page. This page link will not work until 11am on 25/10/21. 

Should you require further information or experience any issues purchasing tickets please contact learning@avonwildlifetrust.org.uk.

About the course

Aims and objectives

  • Deliver a hands-on practical course with lots of tools and techniques that can be directly applied to land based projects.
  • To increase skills and understanding in organic food growing, wildlife conservation and ecological land management
  • To enable participants to take the lead in planning and delivering practical activities with a wide range of target groups with different needs
  • To give people tools to become an effective and engaging facilitator or tutor
  • To increase confidence in larger scale garden planning and ecological land management
  • To enable participants to write necessary policies, risk assessments and activity plans

Target audience

  • Employees working on community projects from support assistants and project officers to project managers (course structured to engage a range of levels)
  • Volunteers in existing projects looking to progress by demonstrating practical management techniques, facilitator skills and self-reflective learning
  • People interested in starting a new wildlife gardening or food growing project
  • People looking for an inspirational change career 

Delivery timeframe and costs 

In 2022 we will run 4 x 8 week courses.:

Course 1

  • 28th Feb
  • 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th March
  • 4th, 11th, 25th April

Course 2

  • 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th May
  • 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th June

Course 3

  • 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th July
  • 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd Aug

Course 4

  • 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th Sept
  • 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th Oct

 

Each day of your course will run 9am - 5pm although this may differ slightly depending on your course leader.

The 2022 course costs £545.

There will be one discounted space per course costing £300 for participants who can demonstrate that they are living on a low income (under £15,000 pa).

Booking will be through Eventbrite. You can purchase tickets here from 11am on Monday October 25th 2021. 

A 25% deposit of £136.25 will be required to reserve your place on the course. The discounted spaces will require a deposit payment of £75.

Covid-19 Health & Safety

We will meet all Government advice and best practice guidelines relating to Covid-19.

"I would highly recommend the Grow Leader course for anyone who wants to know more about; organic food growing, wildlife, ecology, and environmental conservation. A huge dose of all the essential information, and practical application of that information, required for anyone who has an interest in protecting and sustaining our environment as we move into an unknown future.”
Reece
Grow Leader

Find out more

E: Learning@avonwildlifetrust.org.uk 
T: 01179177270