Book your place by Tuesday, 5th March to take advantage of our early bird offers!
Whether you’re redesigning your garden, or starting from scratch, this workshop will give you a head start when it comes to designing in tune with nature. Chris Collins will show you how to use ecofriendly materials and sustainable plants and planting techniques that cause the least ecological damage.
What you will learn
- Site surveying in preparation for a design.
- Growing or sourcing plants sustainably.
- Sustainable landscape materials.
- Eco-friendly construction and planting techniques.
No matter what size garden you’re planning, careful use of recycled materials and natural resources and an eco-friendly approach can help boost biodiversity and long-term sustainability. Our expert Chris Collins will guide you through the importance of forward planning and site surveying, building the garden from the soil up and sourcing sustainable plants and landscaping materials. By the end of the workshop you will have all the tools and techniques for creating a garden with a reduced welly-boot print.
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Session leader: Chris Collins
Our head of organic horticulture has gardening experience that spans many years and many locations. After training at the Royal Botanical Garden in Edinburgh, he spent time working in Africa and Japan, before returning to the UK in 1998 as Higher Botanical Horticulturalist at Kew Gardens, and as Head Gardener at Westminster Abbey. Chris also held the highly sought-after position of BBC Blue Peter gardener for nine years, where he got to utter the line "here’s one I made earlier" on numerous occasions!
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.