Build a Wildlife Garden Course at the Centre for Alternative Technology

  • Sat 23 May to Mon 25 May 2020
  • 9:30am to 4pm
How to book

Build a Wildlife Garden Course

Gardening for wildlife – how to fill your green space with butterflies and bees

With ever increasing loss of biodiversity worldwide, every bit of green space can make a difference. This three-day course covers all you need to know to overhaul your green space into a wildlife haven, from plants for bees and pollinators to key tips for wildlife gardening in a low-maintenance manor.

What you will learn

This course will cover how to create beautiful spaces for people and wildlife to enjoy together, whether you’ve got a small backyard, a community picnic area or an overgrown meadow.

To build an understanding of this important topic, we’ll first look at the basics of wildlife garden design and the principles behind it. Your expert tutor will teach you easy changes to gardening styles and overall garden management to boost biodiversity.

We’ll cover perennial planting, basics of poly-culture, meadow establishment and management and how to avoid peat and pesticides. There will also be a session on home composting, looking at the basics of healthy soil.

You’ll leave knowing the best plants to encourage butterflies and bees, and how to include homely habitats for birds and small mammals.

Meet your tutor

Ben is the Horticultural Trainer for the Growing the Future project at the National Botanic Garden of Wales.  Growing the Future is a five-year project that works to champion Welsh horticulture, plants for pollinators, the protection of wildlife and the virtues of growing plants for food, fun, health and well-being.  Having initially trained as an apprentice at the National Botanic Garden, Ben’s vision is to get more people into growing, and inspire the next generation of horticulturists.

Course at the Centre for Alternative Technology.  Booking is essential.  £300-340 which includes full board accommodation at the Centre.  To book, please visit the Centre’s website.

One space on this course will be fully subsidised and candidates can apply to the Growing the Future Project by referral letter from a GP or registered charity to gtfadmin@gardenofwales.org.uk. Offered on a first-come, first-served basis – does not include accommodation.

Course delivered by the Growing the Future project.

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.