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Community Learning: Cultivating wellbeing and mental health through gardening

Course overview

Weekdays at Merrist Wood College.

If you have a keen interest in gardening, this course offers a unique opportunity to develop new horticultural skills in a supportive community of like-minded individuals, all set against the beautiful backdrop of Merrist Wood College in the Surrey countryside.

Transform your passion for gardening into a source of wellbeing and community engagement. If you enjoy working outdoors and caring for the environment, sign up today and begin your journey towards a healthier, happier you.

These courses are designed to support you through your journey into employment while promoting positive mental well-being.

This is one of our Community Wellbeing courses.

Our Community Wellbeing programme offers a series of FREE* courses to develop skills, knowledge, confidence and improve mental health and wellbeing for adults aged 19 and over. You are eligible for these funded places if you are aged 19 or over (at the start of the course) and earning an annual salary of less than £25,000 per annum (from 31 July 2025).

* If you earn above the £25K threshold, courses will be charged at £5 per hour.

For further details and terms and conditions, please visit our Community Wellbeing Page.

 

You will learn:

  • Creating and maintaining gardens for pleasure, relaxation and wildlife support.
  • Practical horticultural skills to enhance your gardening knowledge and capabilities.
  • Strategies to improve mental health and wellbeing through nature-based activities.

These courses are designed to support you through your journey into employment while promoting positive mental well-being, equipping you with valuable skills and confidence.

You will need an interest in gardening and working outdoors.

All participants must provide their own appropriate outdoor clothing, protective footwear and gardening gloves.

 

Explore our wide range of courses in horticulture and other land-based studies. Visit our website or speak with your tutor for more details.

We recommend you attend all sessions to get the most out of our courses.

If you require additional support, please advise us before enrolling so that we can investigate if this is available.

There are catering outlets on campus, but you are more than welcome to bring your own lunch/snacks/drinks with you.

There is free car parking on campus.

Course Starts in 84 Days
  • Flexible start - 25 June 2025
  • 10:00 - 15:00
  • Wednesday
  • 1 Year
    • 16-18: Free

      Funded places are available on this course. Read the course description for details.

    • Adult: Free

      Funded places are available on this course. Read the course description for details.

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