Organiclea accredited gardening courses & workshops

seed-exchange-150x1505 City and Guilds courses are starting this Autumn: There are still places on all courses, but those starting in September are booking-up fast. Organiclea has always worked in close partnership with Waltham Forest Adult Learning Service to deliver a growing range of gardening courses.

UPCOMING ACCREDITED COURSES

Food Growing, Level 1 Award (starting Friday 30 September for 7 weeks at Hawkwood, Chingford, E4)

Garden Maintenance Skills, Level 1 Award (starting Tuesday 20 September for 7 weeks at the Link, Leytonstone, E11)

Horticulture, Level 2 Extended Certificate (starting Tuesday 20 September for 28 weeks at Hawkwood, Chingford, E4)

Garden Maintenance Skills, Level 2 Award (starting Tuesday 29 November for 9 weeks at the Link in Leytonstone, E11)

Practical Horticulture Skills Level 2 work-based Diploma (starting Thursday 8 December for 26 weeks at Hawkwood, Chingford and work placement sites)

COURSE AND ENROLMENT INFORMATION

1. Food Growing, Level 1 City and Guilds Award

Based at the Hawkwood Plant Nursery, you will gain skills linked to planning and design for the food garden; soil management techniques and analysis, creating and using organic matter e.g compost, planting plans for all season production, winter tasks and pest management. All theoretical work is backed up by practice at this market garden site. It is designed to build basic and technical skills for anyone who is keen to develop their knowledge for the home environment or learn more about working in this area.
Venue: Hawkwood Plant Nursery – Organiclea’s growing site.
Start date: Friday 30 September for 7 weeks (no class on 21 October)
Time: 10.30 – 4.30 (with an hours lunch break)
Fees: £126.00 (Standard) / £38.00 (Discounted fee) + £35.00 accreditation fee for BOTH / FREE for Jobseekers
Course code: HNG8079-5TA
To book on this course phone: 020 8496 2974 and quote above course code.


2. Garden Maintenance Skills, Level 1 City and Guilds Award

Based at the Adult Learning site in Leytonstone, you will gain skills in plant care, general plant identification techniques, ornamental designs and maintenance especially linked to the winter garden with basic amenity care such as lawns. All theoretical work is backed up by practice in a small outdoor learning garden at the venue and at a local Park. Suitable for those wishing to improve their general gardening knowledge and confidence. It is a very good foundation for the Garden Maintenance Level 2 Award that follows on from it. The tutor can support you to apply for this progression opportunity.
Venue: Leytonstone Learning Link, 23-25 North Birbeck Road, Leytonstone. E11 4JF
Start date: Tuesday 20 September for 7 weeks
Time: 9.30-3
Fees: £126.00 (Standard) / £38.00 (Discounted fee) + £35.00 accreditation fee for BOTH / FREE for Jobseekers
Course code: LLG8083-2TA
To book on this course phone: 020 8496 2974 and quote above course code.


3. Horticulture, Level 2 Extended Certificate (City and Guilds)

This 28 week intensive and highly recommended course is for those who are already gardening and who want a more theoretical base to develop their gardening practice. It has been running in partnership with Organiclea since 2007 and interests those keen to commit more time to gardening work at a personnel and (potential) employment level. Learning includes units on understanding soil science, plant science, techniques in organic horticulture and fruit and vegetable production by organic methods. This course demands commitment to both learning and self-study; and delivers a lot in terms of academic learning and confidence in the detail of gardening practice. The theory learnt in the classroom and in home-study/research/essay writing, is backed up by practical assessments in the Hawkwood vegetable and fruit gardens.
Venue: Hawkwood Plant Nursery
Start date: Tuesday 20 September for 28 weeks (completing 23 May 2017. Term time only)
Time: 10-4.30
Fees: £504.00 (std) / £151.00 (Discounted fee) + £90.00 accreditation fee for BOTH / FREE for Jobseekers
Course code: HNP8162-2TA

To enroll on this course: Applicants for this intensive course either need a Level 1 in gardening or demonstrable experience and commitment to an equivalent level.
Contact Hannah Claxton, hannahclaxton@googlemail.com (tutor) – to receive a pre-course assessment questionnaire. Then Tuesday 6 September is the preferred date for meeting the tutor to complete the pre-course assessment process. Discuss your availability for this date when contacting Hannah.


4. Garden Maintenance Skills, Level 2 AWARD (City and Guilds)

This 9 week Award course focuses on plant-care topics mainly in ornamental designed situations and basic amenity care (such as lawns). It is a Practical Horticultural Skills qualification with guided classroom learning supported by practical activities in a garden raised-bed situation and local park environment. Topics to be studied include: Plant propagation; identifying and dealing with diseases and disorders; planting out of shrubs, trees and other plants, ornamental plant identification.
Venue: Leytonstone Learning Link, 23-25 North Birbeck Road, Leytonstone E11 4JF
Start date; Tuesday 29 November 2016 for 9 sessions (with holidays over Christmas)
Time: 9.30-3
Fees: £153.00 (Standard) / £46.00 (Discounted fee) + £46.00 accreditation fee for BOTH / FREE for Jobseekers
Course code: LLG8093-2TA

To enrol on this course: Applicants either need a Level 1 in gardening or demonstrable experience and commitment to an equivalent level. Contact the Programme Coordinator, Joanne.Jerrold@walthamforest.gov.uk for a pre-assessment questionairre and if necessary any follow up with Maria Casarrubios the tutor. The College can then complete the enrollment process.


5. Diploma in Practical Horticulture Skills (Level 2 work-based qualification)

This course offers accredited learning for those wanting to learn within fixed term work or volunteer employment. The commitment is to BOTH guided learning dates at the Hawkwood Plant Nursery, 2 Thursdays a month; ALONGSIDE, 8 hours a week in work placement (paid or voluntary) at horticultural site/s. Taught sessions will equip the working horticulturalist with essential know-how to Level 2 standard including range of topics that prepare for planting; techniques for plant care; training and pruning in fruit production; stem cutting propagation; pedestrian controlled rotary cultivation; and identifying plants by botanical names. Your work placement will allow you to be assessed at working site and offer the opportunity to embed this learning in routine gardening practice backed up by reflective work-book, reading and work-based learning support process.
Venue for guided learning: Hawkwood Plant Nursery
Start date: Thursday 12 December (10.30-4.30). (The timetable then involves 2-3 guided learning or assessment Thursdays every month, some half day and some full days. The tutor can share clear timetable during pre-assessment – see below). Work placement is an additional weekly commitment of 8 hours (minimum).
Completion date: Thursday 20 July.
Fees: £307.00 (std) / £92.00 (Discounted fee) + £46.00 accreditation fee for BOTH / FREE for Jobseekers
Course code: HNP8170-4TA

To enrol on this course: Applicants either need a Level 1 in gardening or demonstrable experience and commitment to an equivalent level; you will need to undertake a short assessment with the tutor; and to have secured an appropriate work placement for the Diploma (Note the tutor can support you to find a placement). Contact the tutor, ru@organiclea.org.uk to arrange this.
Enrollment takes place after this assessment meeting.


One day Organic Gardening Workshops are taking place in the Autumn with Adult Learning Service at Lloyd Park in Walthamstow; ‘Organic Lawn Maintenance’ (18 September code: LYG8096), ‘Organic Pest and Disease Management’ (25 September code: LYG8095), ‘Making and Using Compost in the Garden’ (2 October code: LYG8098).
Fees per workshop: £25 / £7.50 (discount)
To book: Use the code for the course you want and call 020 8496 2974


Early Bird Discount: You get 10% off any course booked with Adult Learning Service if you enroll by end of the day on Friday 16 September – so investigate those that interest you, and please share around if you have done a course with Organiclea / Adult Learning and want to recommend it to others.
www.lbwfadultlearning.co.uk contains booking information also

Seasonal sharing and learning also happening at this harvest’s locally organised ‘Cultivate Festival’ – starting on the 3 September for a week. The Organiclea team are involved in a lot of free workshops that build on our work with young people OR selling produce to restaurants OR getting to know soil OR growing over 50 varieties of chilli AND just enjoying what we do! See http://www.cultivatewf.org/ for full programme and for all organising details.

p.s Tutors for all the above accredited courses and workshops will be celebrating this year’s learner achievements at the Opening Produce Show / Graduation ceremony – come find us there and talk about the courses, around 2pm at St Johns Baptist Church, High Road in Leytonstone, E11 in the ‘Cultivate Marquee’.

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