Grow Leader Course

Grow Leader Course

(c) Barbara Evripidou

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.

Included are ways of working with a broad range of groups, whether entrepreneurial, therapeutic, artistic or other. This makes the course particularly suitable for people developing a career in community horticulture, therapeutic horticulture, or other land-based projects.

This eight day course leads you through seven days of learning on-site at Grow Wilder in a small class-size, 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 and project realisation.



Planning tools, infrastructure, practical methods, understanding plants and growing food


Habitat types, holistic landscape management, identification skills

Community Engagement

Engagement skills, working with groups, safety and inclusion


Realising your project, growing a community, context in the larger landscape


Autumn 2020 course

Disruptions due to the coronavirus outbreak mean that we may have to adapt how we would usually run the course.

The course will now run over 8 sessions. There will be two course streams, one commencing Monday 12th October and the other on Wednesday 14th October. Participants can choose which day they would like to attend the course but due to health and safety measures participants cannot switch days during the course,

If you want to be the first to get an update on this please register your interest by emailing 

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 with a holistic approach to engaging people in an ecologically productive setting
  • To increase skills and understanding in organic food growing, wildlife conservation, social care 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 

The Monday course will run from Monday 12th October- Monday 23rd November with the final presentation day on Saturday 28th November 2020

The Wednesday course will run from Wednesday 14th October- Wednesday 25th November with the final presentation day on Sunday 29th November 2020

The course costs £525

Booking will be available from September 9th 2020.

Covid-19 Health & Safety

Please help to protect our staff and others on this course by not attending if you or anyone in your household is feeling ill or have symptoms of Covid-19 (A temperature; a new, continuous cough and/or the loss of taste or smell).

How we are addressing issues associated with COVID-19 on our learning courses.

  • We have fully revised our risk assessments to adhere to the Government issued COVID 19 guidelines
  • All surfaces and any equipment will be fully sanitized prior to each course.
  • Hand washing and the use of hand sanitizers will be required on arrival and throughout the day.
  • The course capacity has been adjusted
  • We will maximise the amount of time spent outside.
  • Classroom seating will be set up ensuring the 1 metre + distancing rules are met.
  • The tutor will retain a 2 metre + distance from the delegates.  In the cases where this is not possible, a face covering will be worn.
  • Delegates must bring their own packed lunch, water bottle/hot drink and cup. 
  • We request that delegates notify us if they develop symptoms while on this course so that staff and other course delegates can be notified.
"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.”
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