Capital Growth announces new spring calendar of food growing training

Learn about urban food growing and running community gardens through our hands-on session in garden across London

From keeping bees to planning your plot, growing herbal teas to green woodworking, there is a Capital Growth training session to suit gardeners' interests at all levels. New growers can check out 'Organic food growing for beginners' on 1 April at St Luke's Community Centre in Islington, while more experienced green thumbs may be interested in 'Introduction to social and therapeutic horticulture' happening at De Frene Market Garden in Sydenham on 31 May.

Training sessions are taught by passionate and experienced London growers, and designed to give participants practical tools to take back to their own gardens. Sessions fall into one of four categories: Urban food growing to teach the basics, Growing enterprise for those who want to sell what they grow, Get children growing to help people working with children outdoors, and Grow for it!, a chance to learn about more unusual topics related to urban gardening.

This year Capital Growth is working in partnership with 6 community garden hubs to deliver training, including

  • The Cecil Sharp House Garden: A low-maintenance decorative, ecological and edible permaculture site, which also hosts the annual London Permaculture Festival, in Camden.
  • Cordwainers Garden: A neighbourhood garden in Hackney growing fruit, vegetables, herbs, as well as plants for dyes and medicinal use.
  • Oasis Nature Garden: A local wildlife haven for all ages to enjoy environmental play in Stockwell, including a small woodland, ponds, fire circle and vegetable patch.
  • St Luke’s Growing Connections: A community garden in Islington of raised beds filled with seasonal food, edible flowers and fruit trees and bushes.
  • De Frene Market Garden at Sydenham Garden: A unique wellbeing centre that uses its gardens to help people in their recovery from ill-health, based in Lewisham.
  • The Regent’s Park Allotment Garden: Capital Growth’s flagship site offering volunteering, training and events for hundreds of Londoners every year.

Read more about Capital Growth training and book onto a session today.

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Capital Growth: The Capital Growth campaign, run by Sustain's London Food Link offers practical and financial support to communities around London to help more people grow more food, and to have greater access to land and growing spaces for community benefit. The Capital Bee project, part of Capital Growth, seeks pledges to promote bee-friendly behaviour, and supports establishment of community beehives.

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