24 April 2014 13:30
Gardens are more than
collections of plants; they also home to a wide range of birds,
insects and mammals which are vital for the long term welfare of a
garden and increase our own interest and enjoyment.
Suitable for: 18+. There are no formal entry
requirements; all you need is an interest in plants. No previous
The course starts on Thursday 24th April (1-3.30pm)
6 weekly sesssions
The course is taught through talks; demonstrations and a range
of activities both in the classroom and out in the gardens (weather
permitting). Please come dressed in suitable clothing for the
weather (i.e. waterproof jackets and wear suitable shoes). Also
bring pen and paper.
Week 1 - Learn the concepts of basic ecology; ecosystems,
habitats, biodiversity and why they are important. Learn the
importance of British gardens to wildlife.
Week 2 - Soils, wild and cultivated plants. How your garden
works as an ecosystem and the many habitats within it.
Explore the use of native and non native plants.
Week 3 - The importance of water to wildlife and ways of
creating ponds and bogs gardens regardless of the size of your
Week 4 - How to attract bees and butterflies to your garden.
Week 5 - How to attract birds to your garden including
advice on nest boxes & feeding.
Week 6 - Garden management; how you look after your garden
impacts on the wildlife that live in it. Learn which
practices affects wildlife and how to minimise their effects.
What does it cost?
£55 (£45 Friends of Ness Gardens)
Do I Need to Book a place?
Yes - Please contact 0845 0304063 or book at the Gardens
Conference Room & the Gardens
For tickets call 0845 0304063