This session enables you to participate in all the activities that go towards producing plants and growing vegetables in our own attractive gardens.  We have a number of dedicated vegetable patches, a greenhouse and a potting shed.

The vegetables that you help to grow are eagerly sought by our Catering Skills students and routinely feature in home cooked meals at Scotts.  Garden produce, including pots and planters, that the group produce are also sold at our Wednesday coffee mornings.

You will learn about the planning of a garden (what to grow and where to grow it), planting, tending and harvesting.  Although there can be a lot of physical work, we ensure that those with limitations, such as wheelchair users, can still participate fully.  Everyone gains from working outdoors – exercise and fresh air – as well as enhancing personal skills in a productive team activity.  And you get to eat what they grow – what could be a better result!

These sessions will help you to develop important skills and give you greater independence, including:

 How to plan, make decisions, and then carry out  a set of practical activities

  • Numeracy, weights and measures
  • Healthy living
  • Safe working with tools, carrying loads and protective equipment
  • Working independently on your own gardening activities and also working with others on bigger projects
  • Creativity
  • Fine motor skills
  • Listening skills