Why does BGC offer training courses?
One of BGC’s principal aims is to increase the level of knowledge and skills in gardening and food-growing within our community. While gardening is a hands-on activity, and plenty can be learned by simple trial-and-error, we believe there are also benefits to be gained from taking part in one of the training courses we offer. All of our courses are:
- designed to give you the information that you need to start growing your own fruit and vegetables
- delivered by highly experienced and skilled tutors
- full of opportunities to try practical gardening tasks under supervision
- adaptable to individual requirements
- held in a safe, friendly and informal atmosphere, where you can meet and learn from other trainees
- focused on organic methods of gardening
- accredited (in some cases)
For many people, our mix of practical activities, discussion, teaching and support offers the best way to learn – whatever their situation and ambitions.
Who are the courses for?
Our courses are for everyone! Whether you want to grow your own fruit and veg, but don’t know where to begin, or you have already begun, but want to learn more, we have something to suit you. BGC training tries to be as flexible as possible and, wherever practical, we will tailor courses to the specific needs of individuals and groups. We have many years of experience in delivering training for children, youth, and adults at Bridgend and at other locations across Edinburgh.
We have provided training for many organisations, some of which include Edinburgh Gardening Partners, Artlink, South Edinburgh Healthy Living Initiative, City of Edinburgh Council, and Carr Gomm.
What will you learn?
Our courses aim to give you everything you need to know to start growing your own organic fruit and vegetables. We will cover:
- the vegetable grower’s calendar
- getting to know your garden
- getting things in the ground
- looking after your soil
- caring for your crops
- making compost
We also offer bespoke workshops on various subjects, such as pruning fruit trees, companion planting, worm composting or container gardening. Do get in touch with us for an informal discussion about how we can support your food growing.
Who teaches the courses?
BGC tutors have experience from a diverse range of horticultural settings and have worked with a people of all ages, abilities, and cultural backgrounds. They encourage active participation from everyone and take all steps possible to ensure a safe learning environment.
Get in touch!
Please get in touch with us if you are interested in:
- joining one of our regularly scheduled courses
- discussing how we can provide a tailored course for your organisation
- using your gardening skills to help people in your local community to ‘get growing’
Sign up for one of our courses
Bridgend Growing Communities offers a range of training courses in organic gardening. These are available both to individuals and community groups. Training programmes run regularly at the Bridgend Allotment site, but can also be delivered at other locations in Edinburgh where community groups have access to gardening or allotment space. Any programme can be tailored to suit the specific needs of the group.