Growing The Future

The Growing the Future Project

The National Botanic Garden of Wales has embarked on a five-year project to champion Welsh horticulture, plants for pollinators, the protection of wildlife and the virtues of growing plants for food, fun, health and well-being.

Whether you are a seasoned gardener, a fledgling grower or a budding beekeeper – we want to help provide training, information and support to you.

The Vision

There are three strands to the project, each with messages and experiences that will hopefully make a lasting impact across the whole of Wales.

Gardens for Health and Well-being

This is such a great message to shout from the rooftops and treetops: be happy, stay healthy, get gardening!  Gardens also play an important role in the health of our wider environment, such as by providing wildlife habitats and alleviating pollution.

Celebrating Welsh Horticulture

From specialist nurseries producing unique plants and flowers, to commercial growers providing the finest fruit and vegetables.  We will showcase the diversity and quality of Welsh horticultural produce through our exciting range of events.

Horticulture for the Future

A bright future for gardens, wildlife and the planet can be encouraged by developing networks between horticulture and science and the Botanic Garden is ideally placed to connect these two disciplines.  We will be developing an ‘assurance scheme’ backed up by evidence from our pollinator research so that a wide variety of Wales-grown and sustainably-produced plants can become official ‘Plants for Pollinators’.

Dynamic Purchasing System

We are pleased to announce the launch of our exciting new pan-Wales training framework, to deliver horticultural training and life-long learning across Wales.  Termed a Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS), its launch will allow the project to draw upon a dynamic network of diverse training providers, to deliver courses to individuals and groups under five broad ‘Lots’:

  • Lot 1:  Practical Horticulture:  For example, Building a Raised Bed
  • Lot 2: Science & Horticulture:  For example, Getting to know your Wildflowers
  • Lot 3: Horticulture & Art: For example, Introduction to Cyanotypes
  • Lot 4: Horticulture & Crafts:  For example, Introduction to Skep making
  • Lot 5: Horticulture Short Courses:  For example, Introduction to Potato Planting (≤ 1 hour duration)

Running until spring 2022, the DPS is a two stage process, the first involves a pre-qualification questionnaire, the second will see contracts awarded through a process of mini-competitions.

We invite training providers or potential partner-hub sites, with a passion for the Mission of the National Botanic Garden of Wales and the Growing the Future project, to join our new framework.

More information can be found in the downloadable attachments on this page.

For more information on the project’s courses and events, please call 01558 667149 or email gtf@gardenofwales.org.uk.

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This project has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.