This page will be updated as workshops are added.
View all our workshops listed on Eventbrite here.
Glengall Wharf Garden workshops are open to all – we do not want access to be restricted due to lack of funds so we have a number of free spaces available for each session – please get in touch with us directly. Some workshops also offer a ‘by donation’ option on Eventbrite.
If anyone local would like to join who does not have internet access, or cannot fill in the form for any reason, they are more than welcome to come to the gate to speak to an on-site volunteer, who can take down details for them.
Essentials of Permaculture
Saturday 15th January 10.30 – 14.30
Ever wondered what Permaculture was about? Or if there is another way to do things that are kinder to the environment and ourselves? Dip your toe into the world of Permaculture at Glengall Wharf Garden with this short introductory workshop with payment by conscious contribution.
In this four hour participatory workshop you will:
- Discover what Permaculture is
- Learn about the Ethics and Principles of it
- See how this is applied by exploring Forest Gardening.
- There will be an opportunity to do some practical work for those who are able.
Payment is by conscious contribution so we are asking people to pay what they can, bearing in mind that your generosity will enable others to attend who may not otherwise be able to. Your generosity will also allow us to continue offering these low cost courses therefore reaching as many people as possible.
Suggested donations: low wage £20, middle income £40, generous donation/pay it forward £60 per person.
Essentials of Composting
Saturday 22nd January 10.30 – 12.30
t’s named ‘black gold’ for a reason; good quality compost is vital for healthy plants and thriving soil but how do we go from kitchen scraps and fallen leaves to dark, rich compost? Composting isn’t as complicated as you may think and will take you into the fascinating world of bacteria, fungi and minibeasts; our composting allies.
Join Jack as he discusses:
- The basics of composting – getting started
- Different techniques of composting
- Cold vs hot composting
- Composting at different scales
- Harnessing energy – a permaculture context
- Myth busting and lessons learnt at Glengall Wharf Garden
This will include elements of presentation, discussion, and there will be plenty of opportunities to get up close and personal with our composting system.
Cost: Suggested £10
Wildlife Gardening hosted by Froglife
Friday 28th January 10.00 – 12.00
A short course on native amphibian and reptile ID and making gardens and allotments wildlife friendly.
Free – register here.
Tool Sharpening and Maintenance
Saturday 29th January 10.30 – 12.30
Keeping your tools maintained is resistance against consumerism, it’s a show of love for your work and an act of self-reliance. Join us to learn simple techniques that you can use to keep your tools sharp and working well in a home or community setting.
Before you buy a new vegetable knife, pair of secateurs or loppers, come and see how your old ones can receive a bit of TLC and get them good as new!
You can expect to learn:
- How to use a selection of common hand-tools safely to reduce damage and extend their life
- Setting up a maintenance plan in a community context
- Practical: techniques maintaining common hand-tools
This is a practical workshop that involves elements of discussion and hand-on work so feel free to bring one or two hand-tools that you’d like to learn how to maintain, there will be an opportunity to work with them in the session.
Suggested Donation: £10
Pruning and Propagating Fruit Bushes
Sunday 30th January 11.00 – 13.00
Come and join us pruning our fruit bushes and taking cuttings. In this hands on 2 hour course with Paula you’ll learn
- How to prune fruit bushes to ensure a maximum yield next year (we have six varieties).
- How to take cuttings from the fruit bushes
- How to grow the cuttings on
- You’ll get to take three potted up cuttings home.
The Basics of Fruit Tree Pruning
Wednesday 9th Feb 11.00 – 13.00
Come along to this seasonal session with Ruth to discover:
- Why we prune fruit trees
- When to prune them
- How in the beautiful setting of Glengall Wharf Garden!
This workshop is for beginners with little or no knowledge of pruning. Tools will be provided and light refreshments.
In the event of very damp weather, this workshop may need to be rescheduled, as there will be a considerable amount of practical work.
Places limited due to health and safety.
Suggested Donation £10
Make a Recycled Wood Window Box
Saturday 19th February 10.30 – 12.30
Limited outdoor space shouldn’t limit your opportunity to get growing. Learn the simple skills it takes to build a box planter! Using recycled pallet wood, you can create your own growing space. These skills are also a great basis for doing other woodwork projects as you’ll learn:
- Finding and selecting wood and materials for your project
- An introduction to using the tools and materials safely
- Designing, measuring and marking
- How to saw straight
- Sanding and finishing
This is a practical workshop where you will be making your own window-box so please wear appropriate clothing, something you don’t mind getting a little dusty.
It is designed for people with no or little experience/confidence in woodwork and using tools, we will be teaching all of the basic, necessary skills so don’t be put off if you’ve never used a drill before!
If you wish, you can measure your windowsill or area to ensure a good fit, but this is not essential.
Suggested Donation £10