Community Learning: Gardening Club at Reading College
Would you like to get involved in gardening, learn some basic horticultural skills, get active, and meet new people? Then you might enjoy taking part in our Community Gardening Club at Reading College.
Join a community of like-minded people who enjoy working outdoors, learning about plants and how to grow them successfully.
The Community Gardening Club at Reading College is one of our Community Learning courses. Participation in activities like this can have a positive effect on your day-to-day life, offering relief and increasing your overall well-being.
We’ll be offering two-hour sessions, and you can attend as many of the sessions as you wish!
When you can attend
Until the end of July 2023 sessions will take place on Tuesdays from 11am-1pm:
Dates: 23-30 May, 6,13,20,27 June, 4,11,18,25 July 2023
From the new academic year, sessions will take place on Mondays from 12-2pm:
Dates: Aug 7,14,21,Sept 4,11,18 25, Oct 2, 9,16,30, Nov 6,13
2024: Mar 4,11,18,25, April 15,22,29, May 13,20, June 3,10,17,24, July 1,8,15,22,29
Please note: There will be a break during the Winter months.
Our Community Learning programme offers a series of free, government-funded courses to develop skills, knowledge, confidence and improve mental well-being for adults aged 19 and over (at the start of the course). Participation can help those managing mental health conditions that have a mild-moderate impact on their day-to-day lives.
You are eligible for these funded places if you are aged 19 or over (at the start of the course) and either have:
• a mental health condition or difficulty
• are employed and earning an annual salary of less than £18,525 per annum
• in receipt of state benefit in your own name and unemployed or working and earning less than £338 per month (or £541 for household claims)
• are a single parent
• have a social or emotional difficulty.
For further details and terms and conditions please view our Community Learning Page
You will learn how to create and maintain gardens for pleasure, relaxation, and wildlife, as we gather each week to tend and transform an enclosed garden on the college grounds for students and staff to enjoy.
You will be sowing seeds, making room for new plants, and working collaboratively to develop schemes that enrich the senses, encourage pollinators, and support local wildlife.
You’ll be joining a community of like-minded people who enjoy working outdoors, learning about plants, and growing them.
All that is needed is an interest in gardening and working outdoors.
Participants will need to wear appropriate clothing, and suitable footwear (ie not high heels or anything you’re worried about getting soil on). Tools will be provided, and we will have some spare gardening gloves but if you have your own gloves, or small hand tools (secateurs, trowels, forks) that you prefer to use, you are welcome to bring them.
You might consider joining our Community Learning Floristry course!
Tutor: Chantal Stear
Alternatively enrol by phone quoting 5TDGAUA01R or ask a question
Meet the tutors
We want our learners to feel welcome, safe and at ease when attending our classes, especially if this is your first time attending an adult education class or if you're coming back to education after a break.
If you're interested in one of courses, meet our tutors first! You'll see they have similar passions and interests and, most importantly, the right qualifications to help you make the most of your time and money.