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Build an Edible Garden

Duration: Two days

Price: £200

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 13th June 2020

About the Course

This course will cover everything you need to know to start growing, whether it’s in your garden, community centre, school playground or office carpark. You’ll explore how to design and build garden beds that reduce the amount of watering required and are great for sites with poor soil.

Through a mixture of practical and theory we’ll cover what a keyhole garden is, why they were first made and their benefits. We’ll then construct a keyhole garden together from scratch, using readily available materials. Once the construction is complete, we’ll explore what you could grow in a keyhole garden, from pumpkins to parsley and edible flowers.

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 and with thriving gardens and woodland, you’ll also get the chance to see a healthy ecosystem in play whilst learning how to create one in your own green space or community. Over the course of the weekend you’ll gain a good understanding of soil quality, compost and drainage that will be transferable to many gardening ventures, leaving you ready to get growing!

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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