learning more

getting your hands dirty

Whether or not you know one end of a clematis from the other, learning more about plants and how to grow them is something you can take with you. Or pass it on and help someone else with theirs. Learn about things like organic crop production and permaculture. In a classroom with no walls. Discover the meaning of hands-on. Just don’t wear your best clothes.

welsh college of horticulture garden

Northop, Flintshire, CH7 6AA Tel: 01352 841000

Full-time, part-time and RHS courses let you polish up your plant knowledge. Learn how to grow organic crops. Or try your hand at botanical illustration. There’s even a pruning workshop. And a one about hanging baskets. Best get your gardening gloves on.

volunteer gardening with the national trust

National Trust Offices, Llandudno, LL30 2DE Tel: 01492 860123

They do things properly at the National Trust. No cutting corners with them. Why not join the experts and volunteer to lend a hand at one of their glorious gardens? Contact the National Trust office for more information.

plas tan y bwlch

Maentwrog LL41 3YU Tel: 01766 772600

Experienced tutors and local experts share their knowledge about a huge range of things. Like butterflies and moths, mushrooms and toadstools. Courses are delivered at the National Park Environmental Study Centre. So it’s perfect for lovers of the countryside.

the bangor forest garden

Abergwyngregyn LL33 0LB Tel: 0845 345 7716

Once it’s up and running, a forest garden doesn’t take much work. But the work that does need doing at Bangor Forest Garden is done by volunteers. So there’s never been a better time to get your hands dirty and make a difference.

treborth botanic garden

University of Wales, Bangor LL57 2RQ Tel: 01248 353398

Treborth Botanic Garden stands on the site of a Victorian pleasure garden. Visitors can see features commissioned by Sir Joseph Paxton (he of Crystal Palace fame) including a waterfall and two magnificent Lucombe Oaks. Today the garden features wild and cultivated plants from all over the world and runs a programme of lectures and workshops.