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The course covers the selection of timber, how to measure and cut timber accurately, use of tools, making simple joints, construction of decking, and pergolas.

We use our landscape workshop with all the hand and power tools appropriate to the context, and demonstrate techniques that are useful for all genders, in an informal and fun way.

 The day starts with a look at the materials used, the different types of timber and treatments, materials handling,  the tools used, the techniques, theory and practice in making simple joints, and ending with preparing for and constructing a small deck.

 With some practice, and doing associated courses, confidence and competence are built up to enable the student to enjoy undertaking their own projects.

Equipment Required

  • Steel toe capped boots

Course reference: GDP009

Entry Requirements:

There are no entry requirements for this course.

Dates & Location:

Date: TBC

Time: 09:15- 16:30

Location: Plumpton


1 day




Our horticulture facilities at Plumpton are pretty impressive. In fact you’ll get to experience one of the finest natural locations in the country, perfect for developing your creativity. Whether indoors or outdoors, you’ll be able to build your skills in an excellent environment.

  • Discover our extensively planted areas on-site at Plumpton

As you build your knowledge, you’ll be able to gain a wide experience of being able to identify and maintain different plants.

  • Experience our endangered plant collections at first hand

You’ll be able to experience our Black Poplars and National collection of Hebes, in addition to our endangered plant network connection with Kew Gardens.

  • Grow plants all year round here

We’ve got an excellent large area under glass where you’ll be able to grow plants without the risk of the weather, up to a commercial level.

  • Build even more skills at Plumpton

You’ll be able to develop your brickwork skills and paving at our large landscaping centre.

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