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Create your own wildlife patch - Weds 15th May

Wednesday 15 May 2024
10:00am - 3:00pm
Wildlife gardening Gardening and growing
Book your place by Wednesday, 1st of May to take advantage of our early bird offers!
Join Elaine Goold for this practical workshop to learn about the importance of biodiversity in encouraging a healthy, flourishing growing space.

What you will learn

  • Ways to encourage more insects, birds and mammals.
  • How to identify some of these wild creatures.
  • Choosing plants and growing methods to attract different beneficial wildlife.
  • The importance of soil health for microbiome diversity.
  • The benefits of embracing nature in your garden.

Session overview

Have you ever wondered what wildlife you have living in your growing space? In this workshop, Elaine will give you a fascinating insight into some of the creatures that visit your garden and what benefits they bring.

Using the biodiverse, organic garden at Ryton as an example - you’ll explore some of the practical things you can do to create a more wildlife-friendly growing space, whatever the size.

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Session leader: Elaine Goold

Elaine has worked with Garden Organic since 2013 as a knowledge transfer officer delivering horticultural training and social and therapeutic horticulture to a wide range of audiences, including schools. Originally trained as a primary school teacher, Elaine spent 10 years inspiring young people as an outdoor instructor in Cumbria, before discovering horticultural therapy and retraining in horticulture. She’s passionate about growing organically and the benefits it has for health and wellbeing, promoting biodiversity and environmental sustainability. Elaine lives in Northamptonshire with her husband and their two young children. She keeps guinea pigs and chickens, along with a thriving wild hedgehog population.

Elaine Gould

I loved the mix of activities and it was great to get outside in the garden.

— Workshop Attendee

Workshop prices

Member & Non Member
Member Early bird - £55 Member Standard - £60
Non Member Early bird - £60 Non Member Standard - £70

Our face-to-face workshops

Our hands-on workshops are based at our organic demonstration garden in Ryton, near Coventry, and offer in-depth techniques and advice. There is a relaxed and informal approach with plenty of opportunity for discussion and a blend of practical outdoor and classroom-based activities. Refreshments and light lunch are included. Supplementary resources are supplied at or following the session. Please bring waterproof shoes and suitable outdoor clothing, secateurs (we can provide if not) and notebook and pencil.

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