Current course opportunities

Courses in 2016: we offer a range of interesting and ‘applied’ learning opportunities at our urban food growing site – and support courses taking place elsewhere in Waltham Forest too. New courses will be added periodically so check back here for the latest details.

Courses coming up:

  • Wind Turbine Course - Saturday 15th October Sunday 16th October, 9:00 am 5:00 pm
    Hawkwood Plant Nursery

    Learn how to build and install a wind turbine from scratch using basic materials.

  • Mycology & Mushroom Cultivation weekend course - Saturday 15th October Sunday 16th October, 9:30 am 5:30 pm
    Hawkwood Nursery

    Come and join us for a weekend of mycology and mushrooms.

Food Growing, Level 1 City and Guilds Award

Based at the Hawkwood Plant Nursery, you will gain skills linked to planning and design for the food garden; soil management techniques and analysis, creating and using organic matter e.g compost, planting plans for all season production, winter tasks and pest management. All theoretical work is backed up by practice at this market garden site. It is designed to build basic and technical skills for anyone who is keen to develop their knowledge for the home environment or learn more about working in this area.

Venue: Hawkwood Plant Nursery – Organiclea’s growing site.

Start date: Friday 30 September for 7 weeks (no class on 21 October)

Time: 10.30 – 4.30 (with an hour’s lunch break)

Fees: £126.00 (Standard) / £38.00 (Discounted fee) + £35.00 accreditation fee for BOTH / FREE for Jobseekers

Course code: HNG8079-5TA

To book on this course phone: 020 8496 2974 and quote above course code.

 

Garden Maintenance Skills, Level 1 City and Guilds Award

Based at the Adult Learning site in Leytonstone, you will gain skills in plant care, general plant identification techniques, ornamental designs and maintenance especially linked to the winter garden with basic amenity care such as lawns. All theoretical work is backed up by practice in a small outdoor learning garden at the venue and at a local Park. Suitable for those wishing to improve their general gardening knowledge and confidence. It is a very good foundation for the Garden Maintenance Level 2 Award that follows on from it. The tutor can support you to apply for this progression opportunity.

Venue: Leytonstone Learning Link, 23-25 North Birbeck Road, Leytonstone. E11 4JF

Start date: Tuesday 20 September for 7 weeks

Time: 9.30-3

Fees: £126.00 (Standard) / £38.00 (Discounted fee) + £35.00 accreditation fee for BOTH / FREE for Jobseekers

Course code: LLG8083-2TA

To book on this course phone: 020 8496 2974 and quote above course code.

 

Horticulture, Level 2 Extended Certificate (City and Guilds)

This 28 week intensive and highly recommended course is for those who are already gardening and who want a more theoretical base to develop their gardening practice. It has been running in partnership with Organiclea since 2007 and interests those keen to commit more time to gardening work at a personnel and (potential) employment level. Learning includes units on understanding soil science, plant science, techniques in organic horticulture and fruit and vegetable production by organic methods. This course demands commitment to both learning and self-study; and delivers a lot in terms of academic learning and confidence in the detail of gardening practice. The theory learnt in the classroom and in home-study/research/essay writing, is backed up by practical assessments in the Hawkwood vegetable and fruit gardens.

Venue: Hawkwood Plant Nursery

Start date: Tuesday 20 September for 28 weeks (completing 23 May 2017. Term time only)

Time: 10-4.30

Fees: £504.00 (std) / £151.00 (Discounted fee) + £90.00 accreditation fee for BOTH / FREE for Jobseekers

Course code: HNP8162-2TA

To enroll on this course: Applicants for this intensive course either need a Level 1 in gardening or demonstrable experience and commitment to an equivalent level.

Contact Hannah Claxton, hannahclaxton[at]googlemail.com (tutor) – to receive a pre-course assessment questionnaire and arrange an assessment interview.

 

Garden Maintenance Skills, Level 2 Award (City and Guilds)

This 9 week Award course focuses on plant-care topics mainly in ornamental designed situations and basic amenity care (such as lawns). It is a Practical Horticultural Skills qualification with guided classroom learning supported by practical activities in a garden raised-bed situation and local park environment. Topics to be studied include: Plant propagation; identifying and dealing with diseases and disorders; planting out of shrubs, trees and other plants, ornamental plant identification.

Venue: Leytonstone Learning Link, 23-25 North Birbeck Road, Leytonstone E11 4JF

Start date; Tuesday 29 November 2016 for 9 sessions (with holidays over Christmas)

Time: 9.30-3

Fees: £153.00 (Standard) / £46.00 (Discounted fee) + £46.00 accreditation fee for BOTH / FREE for Jobseekers

Course code: LLG8093-2TA

To enrol on this course: Applicants either need a Level 1 in gardening or demonstrable experience and commitment to an equivalent level. Contact the Programme Coordinator, Joanne.Jerrold[at]walthamforest.gov.uk for a pre-assessment questionairre and if necessary any follow up with Maria Casarrubios the tutor. The College can then complete the enrolment process.

 

Diploma in Practical Horticulture Skills (Level 2 work-based qualification)

This course offers accredited learning for those wanting to learn within fixed term work or volunteer employment. The commitment is to BOTH guided learning dates at the Hawkwood Plant Nursery, 2 Thursdays a month; ALONGSIDE, 8 hours a week in work placement (paid or voluntary) at horticultural site/s. Taught sessions will equip the working horticulturalist with essential know-how to Level 2 standard including range of topics that prepare for planting; techniques for plant care; training and pruning in fruit production; stem cutting propagation; pedestrian controlled rotary cultivation; and identifying plants by botanical names. Your work placement will allow you to be assessed at working site and offer the opportunity to embed this learning in routine gardening practice backed up by reflective work-book, reading and work-based learning support process.

Venue for guided learning: Hawkwood Plant Nursery

Start date: Thursday 12 December (10.30-4.30). (The timetable then involves 2-3 guided learning or assessment Thursdays every month, some half day and some full days. The tutor can share clear timetable during pre-assessment – see below). Work placement is an additional weekly commitment of 8 hours (minimum).

Completion date: Thursday 20 July.

Fees: £307.00 (std) / £92.00 (Discounted fee) + £46.00 accreditation fee for BOTH / FREE for Jobseekers

Course code: HNP8170-4TA

To enrol on this course: Applicants either need a Level 1 in gardening or demonstrable experience and commitment to an equivalent level; you will need to undertake a short assessment with the tutor; and to have secured an appropriate work placement for the Diploma (Note the tutor can support you to find a placement). Contact the tutor, ru[at]organiclea.org.uk to arrange this. Enrollment takes place after this assessment meeting.

 

One day Organic Gardening Workshops are taking place in the Autumn with Adult Learning Service at Lloyd Park in Walthamstow; ‘Organic Lawn Maintenance’ (18 September code: LYG8096), ‘Organic Pest and Disease Management’ (25 September code: LYG8095), ‘Making and Using Compost in the Garden’ (2 October code: LYG8098).

Fees per workshop: £25 / £7.50 (discount)

To book: Use the code for the course you want and call 020 8496 2974

 

 

Course fee guide

We endeavour to make our courses as accessible as we can by offering a sliding scale. Applicability is described below (separate fee structure applies to accredited courses run with Adult Learning Service).

  • The highest fee is for those on an income over £15,000 per year
  • The second fee is for those on an income below £15,000 per year
  • The third fee is a full concession for anyone with savings less than £3000 and receiving any of the following benefits:
    • Income Support
    • Employment and Support Allowance (income related)
    • Employment and Support Allowance (contributions based) – IF there is no other household income
    • Jobseekers Allowance (income based)
    • Jobseekers Allowance (contributions based) – IF there is no other household income
    • Pension Credit with Guarantee Credit
    • FULL Housing Benefits /Council Tax Benefits
    • Asylum Support: People in receipt of asylum support or who have no recourse to public funds, and no other household income.

Course fees are used to cover tutor costs, materials used and premises running costs. Administration is carried out on a voluntary basis by a number of people.

Refund policy

In order to administer courses effectively we only make confirmed course bookings when we have received full payment (or deposit in the case of permaculture design course). We do understand that sometimes people’s plans change so we are able to offer refunds on the following basis, which helps us to ensure that the costs of putting on courses are covered and that opportunities to attend are maximised.

* If you cancel a booking more than 2 weeks (one month for the permaculture design course) prior to the start of a course we will refund your fees, less a £10 administration charge. Refunds must be requested on cancellation, via courses[at]organiclea.org.uk or calling 020 8524 4994.

* If you cancel your booking less than 2 weeks prior to the course/event we will not normally make refunds. However if the cancellation is due to a medical condition, bereavement or other exceptional circumstances we will normally refund fees provided that you let us know before the start of the course, again any refunds will be less a £10 administration charge.

* If you do not attend the course without having contacted us beforehand, we are unable to make any refund.

* We reserve the right to cancel courses – a full refund will be made in these circumstances.

Past courses

Course registration is through Organiclea (except where stated otherwise) – use our online registration form. For details of concessions see our course fee guide. Email courses[at]organiclea.org.uk for queries (this email is not checked daily).

City and Guilds Level 1 and 2 Certificate in Gardening: we run these courses regularly in conjunction with Waltham Forest Adult Learning service. Check their website for current gardening course dates and registration. If you require further information call 020 8524 4994 or email courses[at]organiclea.org.uk

Page last updated on September 7, 2016 at 12:11 pm