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Grow To Learn – Level 1 Award (AQA) in Gardening Course Grow to Learn Eves Hill Veg Co & Norfolk Community College

October 16, 2018

Level 1 Award (AQA) in Gardening Course Grow to Learn Eves Hill Veg Co & Norfolk Community College

Eves Hill Veg Co will be running free Level 1 Award in Gardening courses as part of their Grow to Learn programme in partnership with Norfolk Community College and Grapes Hill Community Garden.

The courses are free to anyone who has been economically inactive / out of work for 12 months or more and aged 25+.

Participants do not require any previous gardening knowledge. The course will cover a range of basic gardening skills including how to prepare and build a new flower or vegetable bed, how to design a multi-bed garden, planting up and managing beds and an introduction to taking cuttings – a means to garden very cheaply! The course on Friday’s at Grapes Hill Community Garden will also include a visit to our market garden in Booton.

The sessions will be mainly practical with a focus on understanding principles and theory. At the end of the course participants will have completed a short portfolio of practical sessions and worksheets summarising the days learning in order to achieve the Level 1 Award (AQA).

Participants will be eligible to reclaim travel costs and may be able to receive help with appropriate gardening clothing and child care costs.

There are buses from Norwich to Reepham which we meet and drop to for participants coming to our Eves Hill Veg Co market garden site in Booton.

Enrolment with Norfolk Community College will take place at the first session. Participants will be required to bring with them:

  • Proof of ID – Passport or Birth Certificate (not driving license)
  • National Insurance number
  • If you’re registered unemployed a letter confirming this from your work coach or someone else at the DWP.
  • If you are looking for work but not registered unemployed a letter confirming this from a government agency such as the Careers Service.
  • If you are economically inactive (not been looking for work) call HMRC on 0300 200 3300 with

For anyone who would like to find out more please contact or call Tom on 07808 285 300.

More info about the Grow to Learn Programme

In addition to the Level 1 gardening Award, Eves Hill Veg Co are offering 2 other rolling opportunities from now until Christmas for anyone who has been economically inactive / out of work for 12 months or more above the age of 25. This includes parents, carers, retired people, students. Participants are eligible for travel costs and may also be eligible for help with appropriate gardening clothing and child care costs. Both opportunities involve working with a friendly and welcoming team of people.

Mondays 9.30am-4pm– ‘Drop in Sessions’ at The Bircham Centre in Reepham. Working closely with our horticulture tutor to develop a new community garden – renovating and developing beds, trees, shrubs in a beautiful walled garden environment. This programme is suitable for beginners or those with an interest in gardening and is suitable for anyone wishing to learn about starting and maintaining a garden.

Wednesdays 10.30am-4pm – ‘Drop in Sessions’ at Eves Hill Veg Co in Booton (outside Reepham). Working closely with our horticulture tutor and grower to learn about vegetable gardening in a productive environment. Each week there are general tasks alongside our open volunteer programme and more focused tutorials on the specifics of gardening, for example tool use, plant care, seed sowing, taking cuttings, soil and composting.

More info about Eves Hill Veg Co

Eves Hill Veg Co is a community market garden based just outside the village of Reepham, 10 miles north of Norwich. Founded in 2016, our 2 acre garden is highly productive and grows tasty food for local families and restaurants. We hold weekly Wednesday volunteer days that are open to anyone and deliver hands on training programmes for people wishing to learn about growing food and hands on gardening skills. We believe in inspiring change through working together outdoors in nature.

More information about Norfolk Community College Project

Norfolk Community College is part of the Building Better Opportunities programme, which has received funding from the National Lottery, through the Big Lottery Fund, and the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. The Norfolk Community College project is a partnership led by East Coast College with Access Community Trust, DIAL, Future Project and Voluntary Norfolk.

More information about Grapes Hill Community Garden

Grapes Hill Community Garden Group was set up in summer 2008 to convert a run-down disused area near Norwich city centre into a community garden. Their site, a 50 metre by 12 metre former play area, was covered in tarmac. It is open every day free of charge to the public from 9am and host regular volunteer gardening sessions on Thursdays and Sundays.


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