Free Training this Summer at Alice Park Community Garden!

Free Training this Summer at Alice Park Community Garden!

Five to Thrive Training Programme

The aim of this course is to provide training and inspiration for all those interested in growing their own food, encouraging wildlife and becoming more self-sufficient and self-reliant. It’s also great for anyone interested in the health benefits of organically grown fruit, nuts and vegetables. Choose from any or all of the workshops.

1. Introduction to organic gardening with experienced professional gardener John Ingham: 10 am to 3.30 pm, Saturday 21st May.  To introduce enthusiastic beginners to the possibilities of growing (and preserving) your own, the workshop will take place at the trainer’s own garden at Eastbourne Avenue, Claremont Allotments and Alice Park Community Garden.

2. Herbs for health: 10.30 am to 2.30 pm, Sunday 22nd May, Alice Park Community Garden. Course trainer is medical herbalist Becs Griffiths of the Rhizome Clinic, Bristol (www.rhizomeclinic.org.uk). This workshop is for all those with an interest in herbs for improving health, and their use as medicines and in cooking. Practical and hands-on, the workshop will include a herb walk, samplings of herbal teas, advice on herb growing, and medicine-making. Course participants will go away with a medicine made on the day.

3. Wildlife gardening: attracting birds, bees, butterflies & more to your plot: 10.30 am to 2.30 pm, Sunday 12th June, Alice Park Community Garden. Course trainer is Steve Pritchard of South West Ponds(http://www.southwestponds.co.uk/) The workshop is aimed at gardeners and allotment-holders who are interested in bringing more wildlife into their plots, encouraging biodiversity and improving yields. Practical hands-on training including assembling a nest box, plus advice on planting and pond-making.

4. Gardening for small spaces: windowbox, balcony & square foot gardening, 10 am to 2 pm, Sunday 3rd July, Alice Park Community Garden. Course trainer is Sarah Pugh, lead tutor & director of Shift Bristolhttp://www.shiftbristol.org.uk/ (T: (@ShiftBristol,  F: https://www.facebook.com/ShiftBristol/?fref=ts) ). The workshop is aimed at gardeners with limited growing space who want to grow some of their own food. Practical hands-on training, advice on planting, introduction to small-scale intensive gardening and basic principles of permaculture.

5.  Introduction to urban forest gardening: designing a garden or allotment plot that sustains itself: 10 am to 2 pm, Sunday 10th July, Alice Park Community Garden.
Course trainer is Sarah Pugh as above, lead tutor & director of Shift Bristol (http://www.shiftbristol.org.uk/). The workshop is aimed at gardeners and allotment-holders who are interested in promoting biodiversity, growing fruit and nut trees for food, and learning more about permaculture and agro-forestry approaches.

To book, please contact fiona.williams@greenliving.co.uk or if you are coming to Larkhall Festival on Monday 2nd May drop in and see us at the community garden (behind the high hedge at Alice Park), from 10.30 am to 5 pm as part of the Festival Garden Trail and sign up, or pick up a flyer. More information is on our website: www.apcg.co.uk

A £5 donation deposit is required for all workshops.