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Build a Wildlife Garden

Duration: Three days

Price: £300

Contact: Short Courses Team at Centre for Alternative Technology

Centre for Alternative Technology
SY20 9AZ

Course Start Dates

Due to the uncertainty caused by COVID-19/Coronavirus, please contact the course organiser before finalising plans to attend this course.
Saturday 23rd May 2020

About the Course

With ever increasing loss of biodiversity worldwide, every bit of green space can make a difference. This three day course covers all you need to know to overhaul your green space into a wildlife haven, from plants for bees and pollinators to key tips for wildlife gardening in a low-maintenance manor.

The course will cover how to create beautiful spaces for people and wildlife to enjoy together, whether you’ve got a small backyard, a community picnic area or an overgrown meadow. We’ll cover perennial planting, basics of polyculture, meadow establishment and management and how to avoid peat and pesticides. There will also be a session on home composting, looking at the basics of healthy soil.

Tutor Profile

Ben Wilde works for The National Botanic Gardens of Wales on their Growing the Future (GTW) project. GTW is a five year project to ‘champion Welsh horticulture, plants for pollinators, the protection of wildlife and the virtues of growing plants for food, fun, health and well-being’. Having initially trained as an apprentice at the National Botanic Garden of Wales, Ben’s vision is to get more people into growing, and inspire the next generation of horticulturists.


Located in the spectacular foothills of Snowdonia, the CAT site is full of thriving gardens and woodlands. This course will give you the chance to see a healthy ecosystem in play, whilst learning skills from an industry expert.

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What's included in the price?

Tuition, all materials and full board shared accommodation.

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  • Accessible by public transport
  • Accommodation offered
  • Parking provided
  • Residential
  • Suitable for all abilities
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Weekends