Merrist Wood Allotment: Community Learning

Course overview

Our Community Allotment course will give you the opportunity to get involved in an ongoing project and learn new skills.

Allotment gardening offers an escape from city life and rewards you with incredibly fresh, tasty, and varied produce for much of the year but getting started can seem daunting.

Suitable for complete beginners and existing plot holders, this course will give you the confidence, skills and knowledge to find, prepare and maintain a productive, sustainable and well-kept plot. Topics covered include how to get your plot ready for planting; understanding the soil type to deliver stronger growth and better yields; growing, harvesting, and storing vegetables and fruit; and best practice during each month. The course is packed with practical advice and should prove both fun and rewarding!

This course will give you the opportunity to spend time outdoors, a chance to get dirty and have some fun whatever the weather.

This is one of our Community Learning courses.

Our Community Learning programme offers a series of FREE courses to develop skills, knowledge, confidence and improve mental well-being 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 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;CommunityWellbeing page.

You will learn how to grow fruit and vegetables, understand nature through the seasons and gain the skills and knowledge to prepare and maintain an allotment or large vegetable plot.

You will work at your own pace with the help and guidance of a friendly and experienced tutor.

You will learn through:

  • a combination of formal instruction
  • step-by-step practical demonstration
  • group discussion
  • assessment and evaluation
  • practical experience with one-to-one support

You will need sturdy footwear, rain coat or hat and sun screen (whichever is appropriate).

Catering facilities are available at the college but you are more than welcome to bring your own snacks and drinks.

We also hold courses in horticulture and other land based studies, so please check our website or speak with your tutor for more details. 

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  • Flexible start - 31 July 2022
  • 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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  • Flexible start - 31 July 2023
  • 10:00 - 12:30
  • Monday
  • 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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