City & Guilds Level 1 Award

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‘Grow Positive Thoughts’

– Horticulture for Wellbeing

We often hear that getting outside in nature is good for us…

There is increasing scientific evidence that regular contact with plants, nature and particularly gardening can improve our physical and mental health. Research has shown that connecting with nature can reduce feelings of anxiety and stress, boost mood and increase energy levels.

Wellbeing through Horticulture - City & Guilds Level 1 Award

During this new course we will explore how nature and gardening can benefit our wellbeing.

You will gain an understanding into the theory of why connecting with nature can have such a beneficial effect as well as experiencing it for yourselves by taking part in practical activities.

Focusing on a different theme each week, we will be outside in nature or inside in our propagation and potting areas getting hands on with plants and learning new skills.

Examples of activities include:

  • Propagating new plants by sowing seeds or taking cuttings
  • Maintaining and caring for a planted area.
  • Repotting and planting new plants
  • Exploring the surrounding landscape and taking notice of the signs of the changing seasons
  • Creative activities such as photography
  •  And many more!

Participants will gain

  • An introduction to wellbeing through horticulture
  • A City and Guilds Level 1 award in practical horticulture
  • An opportunity to develop a network within the local community with like-minded people
  • An insight into the world of horticulture, providing a stepping stone into a rewarding career that has so many benefits.
Entry Requirements:

There are no entry requirements for this course, just a willingness to be outdoors. 

You will need steel toe capped boots and waterproofs.

Dates & Location:

New dates to be added soon

10:00 - 14:00

Stanmer Campus - One Garden Brighton


1 day a week for 5 Weeks



Future Opportunities

People who finish this course can progress onto further horticulture qualifications, and will have the opportunity to attend future courses around well-being and horticulture

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