Category Archives: Trainee horticulturists

Winterbourne House & Garden Update

Winterbourne House & Garden have been busy in the past month and you can read all about what they have been up to at their blog Digging For Dirt. First of all they have published their March Notebook with gardening tips, tasks and tricks for budding gardeners throughout March; from planting your early potatoes to deadheading Hydrangeas, it’s your go to guide for your garden this month. The Opportunist is a piece that continues on in their historical series, looking at Birch trees colonization of Britain and their lineage in the Northern Hemisphere as a whole and is well worth a read. Finally they’ve uploaded some more wonderful pictures to their Snapshot section including some wonderfully captured mushrooms, head to their Coach House Gallery for more shots and information.

 

Growing Birmingham Networking Event – Tuesday 12th April – 7pm – 9pm

19758323333_3201b7d073_hJoin Growing Birmingham at the Botanical Gardens for our annual networking event. Coinciding with the Big Dig weekend, the evening will contain a variety of workshops including: support with funding, social media, growing to sell, volunteer engagement and more. Attendees are offered the chance to meet people in their field, discuss current projects and maybe even come up with some new ones!

Open to all, for more information click the link here.

Social & Therapeutic Horticulture Courses in Birmingham

For those that have an interest in Social & Therapeutic Horticulture (STH), be-it professional or just adding to the skill bank, Thrive are running a series of courses in Birmingham in 2014 which may be of interest.

Step into STH workshops

A beginner’s guide in how to use gardening as a therapeutic activity and meet your clients needs.

12 March 2014 The Independent Living Centre, Birmingham

FEE: £80

Thrive’s National Short Course Programme (NSCP) Suitable for practitioners (including volunteers) and allied professionals who wish to gain confidence and competence in becoming more professional in STH. The NSCP is a programme of training days aimed at working with specific disability groups. By attending you will gain knowledge and skills to help your own professionalism and staff development which will benefit your clients and place of work. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance detailing learning outcomes to add to your Continuous Professional Development (CPD). Attending a 2 day client specific course provides access to the AWARD in STH (on application) and can be found on the programme marked A

Setting up a STH project

This course will provide information, skills and knowledge on how to start a new project.

26 & 27 March 2014 at Salop Drive Market Garden, Birmingham

Using social and therapeutic horticulture to benefit people with learning disabilities (A)

Provides information, skills, techniques and confidence in using social and therapeutic horticulture to address healthy living, occupational deficiency and transition pathways for people with learning disabilities.

29 & 30 April 2014 at The Independent Living Centre, Birmingham

Using social and therapeutic horticulture to benefit people with mental health support needs (A)

Provides information, skills, techniques and confidence in using social and therapeutic horticulture to address rehabilitation, recovery, social inclusion, training and employment.

13 & 14 May 2014 at Salop Drive Market Garden, Birmingham

Using social and therapeutic horticulture for young people with special educational needs (A)

Provides information, skills and practical techniques that will allow you to match horticulture activities to the national curriculum and/or engage in a therapeutic extra curricula programme whilst meeting the needs of an individual.

28 & 29 May 2014 at Salop Drive Market Garden, Birmingham

Using social and therapeutic horticulture for older people with specific support needs (A)

Provides information and practical skills of how STH can address rehabilitation, recovery, quality of life and help older people age well – covering a wide range of impairments such as dementia, sight loss and stroke.

1 & 2 April 2014 at The Independent Living Centre, Birmingham

FEE BOOK DURING JANUARY AND BENEFIT FROM A 10% DISCOUNT

Individuals and voluntary organisations: 2 day courses £270 – discounted fee £243

Statutory organisations: 2 day courses £320 – discounted fee £288

HOW TO BOOK

Click on this link http://www.thrive.org.uk/courses-and-workshops.aspx or call Thrive’s training team on 0118 988 5688

Birmingham Botanical Gardens celebrates 2012 Olympics

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We, the authors of this blogpost (our first!), are the trainees at Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

Part of our work this year included creating a vegetable plot. We were keen to do something eye-catching and different.

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