A workers' cooperative growing food on London's edge in the Lea Valley

6 week course: Supporting Pollinators in the Garden

We are recruiting for an AQA unit award course

Wednesday AQA Unit Award Scheme starting in August 2023 – Supporting Pollinators in the Garden

An opportunity to catch summer’s unique pollination story at Hawkwood through a weekly series of 6 sessions.

Days and time: Wednesdays, 9th August – 13th September, 2pm – 5pm. We do invite all who are enrolling to also join the 11-1 general volunteering task + lunch. We find this helps to further embed the learning.

Afternoon course learning content:
Understanding and supporting pollinator species and flora they rely on. Gary, one of our horticultural workers with specific knowledge and commitment to integrating wild bees and other pollinators into the food garden, is hosting another of his popular 6 active-learning sessions, ‘working together for the bees’.

The afternoon of course-specific learning will involve work with Gary focusing on 6 key learning topics with activities linked to pollination. This includes:

  • Understanding bee communities, including honey bees
  • Planning and sowing for pollinators
  • Installing bee habitats – to give wild bees a helping hand
  • Plant surveying skills
  • Insect identification and surveying
  • Planting out pollinator attractors into the vegetable garden’s design

Course details:
The AQA certificate can be achieved through attending the afternoon sessions, getting involved in the afternoon practice, guided discussions, and Q&A reflective worksheets. The assessments are entry-level to pass but with plenty of scope for those with more experience to go further into the detail while bringing that experience to share.

Please note that you will need to have completed a volunteer induction before you can begin this course.

There are places available, although this course has proved popular in the past, so please email courses@organiclea.org.uk now to obtain information about fees and to complete an enrolment form.

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