Assisted Gardening / Maintenance Sessions

> Location: Core Arts Garden and Nursery (by mini bus)

Workshop, Training and Support.

Horticultural Workshops at Core Landscapes

  • For people with lived experience of mental ill health
  • For people who like to learn in a structured way
  • For people with gardening experience who can support others in their learning

These workshops are for people who would like to feel more confident about gardening and are complete beginners, or people who have a little gardening knowledge but would like to build on skills they have.

Core Landscapes Horticultural Workshops are delivered by experienced and qualified gardeners, and social and therapeutic horticulturalists, who are extremely passionate about the value gardening can bring to the quality of life and mental wellbeing. It is a structured and supported programme of practical horticultural sessions with clearly identified aims and objectives. Each session will give you a good understanding of gardening topic, and the skills to try out new ways of growing and exploring new plants.

The programme consists of 9 sessions over a 10-week period throughout spring, summer and autumn. It includes a group visit to another garden for added inspiration. People then may be able to continue their learning at their own pace in the Green Care sessions at Core Landscapes garden and plant nursery.

Sessions include:

  • All about the soil – from compost making to liquid feeds
  • Sowing new seeds – indoors and outdoor techniques
  • New plants from old – lots of propagation top tips
  • Herbs for window boxes – things you can try at home
  • Food all year round – including the winter months
  • Pest and disease control (organically) – no need for chemical sprays
  • Seasonal Inspiration and lots more…

Gardening has been proved time and time again to boost mental wellbeing and the skills learnt also help to promote confidence and self-esteem. The garden is a safe space to meet new people and new plants, building up experience and knowledge of many different plants and to get the best from them.

Core Landscapes has a medicinal plants area, food growing plots, wildlife pond, container orchard, plant nursery, greenhouse, poly-tunnel, design and construction area, drought tolerant planting areas and acid loving plant display. Everything is creatively grown in containers, as Core Landscapes needs to move from site to site when the land it is housed on gets developed. It moved to its current site in Whitechapel from Canning Town in 2017 and began in 2009.

For more information or to refer a client please contact nmercer@corearts.co.uk

Or take a look at our leaflet.

Other workshops on offer…

Core Landscapes can also deliver bespoke workshops to community groups on all aspects of community gardening and horticultural skills depending on the needs of the group.

Training:

  • Short training sessions/workshops: Workshops are designed around the groups needs on any area of community or school gardening. E.g. *Designing and setting up *Funding *Container Growing *Food Growing all year round *Propagation
  • Short taster sessions (approx 1hr) at Core Landscapes site (£50)
  • Half day sessions up to 2-3hrs long (£150 for community groups)
  • Full day sessions up to 5 hrs long (£250 for community groups)

Corporate or private individuals please contact Core Landscapes directly for prices and packages

Previous Workshop examples:

  • “Emotional Resilience on the Ground” on behalf of the Social Farms and Gardens Network for community gardeners and managers
  • “Propagating Herbs” on behalf of Royal London Hospital for patients living with dementia
  • “Healing Herbs” delivered by Hackney Herbal for local community members
  • “Crops to Grow in Winter” bespoke workshop for William Pattern Garden
  • “Medicinal Plants” delivered by Hedge Herbs for local community members
  • “Meadow Growing” bespoke workshop for Ghandi Chaplin Garden

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“Really inspired, and relieved…”

“Really enjoyed it – nice to feel connected and supported.”

“Loved it!”

“A fantastically lead day which challenges every day work practises and leaves you better equipped to tackle the challenges of community volunteering programmes.”

“Extremely helpful to us.”

“So articulate and eloquent!!”

“It has been excellent experience for me to talk through the practical issues knowing she fully understands the issues working on a community project…”

“I found it helpful to talk about the garden and listen to different ideas.”

“Very well delivered information.”

“Thank you – really helpful.”

> Skill Level: All Abilities

Keep fit the creative way by joining in with our alternating sport courses in a variety of styles and boost body confidence, strength and fitness.

All classes have an emphasis on fun and enjoyment.

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Event Hours(2)

  • Wednesday

    11:00 am – 01:00 pm

    Alternating Sports
    (Core Arts Hall)

  • Thursday

    11:00 am – 01:00 pm

    Alternating Sports
    (Core Arts Hall)

> Tutor: Natalie Duncan
> Skill Level: All Abilities

Fun, light-hearted, RnB, Soul  and jazz song-writing sessions with piano accompaniment

We will work on individual projects as well as encourage group work.

You do not have to be an experienced singer song- writer to join these sessions. All you need is the willingness to participate and be ready to have fun.

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Event Hours(1)

  • Thursday

    11:00 am – 01:30 pm

    Tutor: Natalie Duncan
    (Green Room)

> Tutor: Natalie Duncan
> Skill Level: All Abilities

Fun, light-hearted, RnB, Soul, Gospel singing for performance sessions with guitar accompaniment.

We will work on individual projects as well as encourage group work.

You do not have to be an experienced singer-songwriter to join these sessions. All you need is the willingness to participate and be ready to have fun.

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Event Hours(1)

  • Thursday

    02:00 pm – 04:00 pm

    Tutor: Natalie Duncan
    (Green Room)

> Skill Level: All abilities
> 12 Week Course starting Friday 26th of April 2019 and ending Friday 26th July 2019

This course is designed to give you an opportunity to develop your creative writing skills with a particular focus on writing for performance. We will start with classical approaches to writing before moving on to practices such as writing for communities, experimental and solo performance. You will be invited to read and write pieces of work in a range of styles and genres and encouraged to reflect and think critically about your work in a supportive environment. There will be also chances to practice performing your work, either individually or with others.

Perhaps you are a poet looking to push yourself into trying something new with your work, or a budding script writer looking for a place to hone your craft? During the course you will develop your writing skills and confidence, drawing inspiration from your own life and the world around you as well as the work of established writers. You will explore important skills such as how to set a scene, developing a character and writing dialogue as well as creating a mood and stage imagery.

“I can take any empty space and call it a bare stage. A man walks across an empty space whilst someone else is watching him, and this is all that is needed for an act of theatre to be engaged.” – Peter Brook

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Event Hours(1)

  • Friday

    02:00 pm – 03:30 pm

    Tutor: James Byrne
    (Pink Room)

Core Sport offers different styles of yoga and relaxation classes to suit different needs. All classes help to improve flexibility, posture and create a greater sense of relaxation and stress relief. In addition to these benefits, regular participation leads to relief from pain, better range of motion around the joints and enhanced muscular co-ordination.

These classes are ideal for those seeking a more gentle approach to exercise that not only has physical benefits, but also supports mental well-being; in particular for those suffering from depression, anxiety and insomnia.

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Event Hours(1)

  • Saturday

    12:00 pm – 01:00 pm

    Tutor: Jane Egginton
    (Core Arts Hall)

 

> Skill Level: All abilities
> For people with lived experience of mental ill health
> For people who prefer to learn in an informal environment
> For people with gardening experience who can support others in their learning

 

The structured horticultural tutored seasonal workshops are for people with all levels of gardening know-how from complete beginners to experienced gardeners. People learn new skills, or share existing ones, with experienced staff and volunteers in a friendly, informal and beautiful environment.

A wide range of gardening skills are gained by helping to care for the garden at Core Landscapes and keep the plant nursery well stocked. Gardening has been proved time and time again to boost mental wellbeing and the skills learnt also help to promote confidence and self-esteem. The garden is also a safe space to meet new people and new plants. People can work in pairs, small groups or individually as they prefer.

Core Landscapes also runs Horticultural Workshops for those who prefer to learn in a structured way with clear aims and objectives.

Core Landscapes has a medicinal plants area, food growing plots, wildlife pond, container orchard, plant nursery, greenhouse, poly-tunnel, construction area, drought tolerant planting areas and acid loving plant display. Everything is creatively grown in containers, as Core Landscapes needs to move from site to site when the land it is housed on gets developed. It moved to it’s current site in Whitechapel from Canning Town in 2017.

People can learn about:

  • Plant propagation (making new plants from existing ones)
  • Plant identification
  • What plants to grow where and why
  • Food to grow all year round
  • Container growing
  • Herb growing
  • Organic ways to control pests and diseases
  • Soil management and compost systems

Sessions are held on Thursdays from 11 am to 1 pm throughout the year (whatever the weather!)

For more information or to register interest please email Nemone Mercer or call her on 07585 770 868.

Please note these sessions are not suitable for people requiring one to one support.
Green Care sessions require a referral from your GP or other health care professional.

Event Hours(1)

  • Thursday

    01:30 pm – 03:30 pm

    (specific dates)
    (Core Arts Garden)

> Skill Level: All welcome

Develop your Creative Computing skills and become more proficient using a Mac. Learn how to use software including Photoshop and iMovie to edit your creative visual, sound, video and written work. You can manipulate work digitally to create new visual, sound or animated work.

Upload your artwork and create your own digital portfolio to share online. Upload your music to sites, which offer a platform to share your music and invite valuable feedback.

Upload your creative writing in a book format to self publish online and in print.

Learn how to design and create your own blog and website, or publish online. Design your own marketing materials including press designing CD and DVD covers, flyers, postcards and posters also learn to write your online biographies and press releases. Represent and promote yourself through online platforms and creative networks. Enhance your creative recognition through a well thought out web presence as an artist.

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Event Hours(1)

  • Wednesday

    10:00 am – 02:00 pm

    (ICT Suite)

> Skill Level: All abilities
> Tutor: Collin Chace

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Event Hours(1)

  • Thursday

    04:00 pm – 05:00 pm

    Tutor: Collin Chase
    (ICT Suite)

> Tutor: Sam Wilkinson
> Skill Level: All abilities

Turn your words and poetry into lyrics and learn how to construct a song in this focused songwriting group.

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Event Hours(1)

  • Friday

    12:30 pm – 01:30 pm

    Tutor: Sam Wilkinson
    (Studio 1)

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