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Ecological Gardens Design Course in Manchester

***Due to Covid-19 the course is currently postponed. The venues we work with are, at present, closed. If you are interested in future courses please fill in the booking form below and we will keep you posted on future start dates. We aim to start new courses as soon as it is safe to do so, and once the venues we work with in South and Central Manchester open again*** 

 This course is for you if you want to design productive and beautiful gardens to a professional standard. If you have access to an outdoors space, it can be a balcony, a patio, a backyard, an allotment or a field, the ecological gardens design course will guide you through the process of designing a successful green haven.

 Whether you want to grow your own food and medicine, create a great space to socialise and or play, save the bees, rescue the ex-battery chickens, grow a garden to educate and foster well-being or all of these and more, this course will set you on the right track to achieve it.

 Ecological garden design, contrarily to common belief, is not primarily about planting schemes, wildlife gardening expertise, horticultural knowledge and ornamental features. It is foremost about understanding the relationship between what you want and need from a green space and how to best design and deliver it within site, climate, time and budget constraints.

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 This course shows you the way forward to design a garden in an effortless, structured and ecologically sound way. It will guide you through the creative process professional garden designers use, and simultaneously teach you to design and think in an integrative and effortless way as an ecosystem does.

 You will save money, time and energy and achieve the best possible results by learning to embed holistic design practices into the garden haven you will create. The course will take you step by step through a structured pathway leading to a final design plan for your green space.

 The ecological gardens design course is suitable for students who are new to permaculture design and for students who have completed Permaculture Design Courses.

 From November to March, over eight sessions we will guide you step by step on the journey to accomplish a final designed plan to create your dream green space. Just in time for implementation, when the growing season slowly awakens from its dormant winter slumber.

 No previous experience or training in permaculture design, organic gardening or horticulture required. You will learn the basic theory you need to design productive and elegant green spaces during the classroom sessions, and will have access via a virtual learning platform to a wealth of resources to further develop your knowledge over time, in your own time. This course does involve some level of independent guided learning between classroom sessions.

 The ecological garden design course will be led by Teresa Pereira with occasional guest teachers and will take place at the Parsonage in Didsbury, Manchester. Unfortunately, the room at the Parsonage is in a listed building and does not have a lift or wheelchair access.

 To reserve a place on this course, please book here.

This Course runs once an year in a modular format over 8 sessions between November and March every winter. We start with 6 one day sessions on a Saturday or Sunday and finish with a weekend session in March.

Course dates and times:

Course sessions will run from 10 am to 3 pm. Course dates are now confirmed for the Winter 2019 -2020 Ecological Gardens Design Course:

Sunday 10.11.2019

Sunday 8.12.2019

Sunday 12.1.2020

Sunday 26.1.2020

Sunday 9.2.2020

Sunday 23.2.2020

Saturday 21.3.2020

Sunday 22.3.2020

Course dates are announced as soon as enough people have registered their interest. We need at least 10 students to run the course and places are limited to 16 maximum. We aim to confirm final dates by the end of July latest. 

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The course starts at 10 am and finishes at 3 pm.


** Two places have become available on this course which we can offer at the Early Bird price of £600 on a first come, first served basis ** A deposit of £200 is required shortly after booking to secure your place place and the remainder can be settled in two further £200 payments or four £100 payments. **

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Full price £800 payment options: £200 deposit, followed by £600 before the start of the course or 2 installments of £300 or 4 installments of £150. 

Concessions and alternative payment plans are available upon request, please contact us to discuss.


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