Community and Education
Being based at the Abbey School, we have purpose made greenhouse teaching spaces which have all the facilities to get the most out of every session in a comfortable environment. We have used the outside space to demonstrate various planting techniques and growing trends such as woodland areas, trained fruit, soft fruit, allotment spaces and low maintenance ‘no dig’ borders with wildlife friendly planting.
We can provide light lunches by arrangements and we guarantee the tea urn is always on!
Free unlimited parking, disabled toilet and heated teaching space. Easy walking distance of Faversham Railway station.
1 to 1 tuition and group bookings….
We can also provide visits to groups such as Allotment societies, individuals for 1 to 1 tuition and training for gardeners, landscapers and helping with walled garden, orchard and edible garden projects. Also see our services page for pruning, orchard planning and planting for more details…
All staff are experienced teachers and we aim for a relaxed, informative and hands on experience. We recommend warm clothes and water proof shoes.
Business or site specific tuition – A important aspect of education is visiting businesses, gardens or gardening groups to show techniques. We offer special rates to allotment societies.
Education @ Edibleculture, we have the experience and knowledge to provide informative and interesting courses –
Fruit tree pruning – Summer and Winter
One day pruning courses will provide insights into restoring old neglected trees, young trees that need to be formed which includes trained fruit such as Espaliers, Fans and Cordons. The session will cover the physiology of fruit trees, reasons behind pruning, what equipment to use, right time of year to prune, pest and disease diagnosis. Soft fruit pruning and an explanation of rootstocks and trees forms will also be covered, including individual pruning questions.
Propagation – Herbs, Perennials and Shrubs
This course aims to provide an insight into how to harvest propagation material for cuttings, best compost to use, growing on and common pest and disease problems. This course gives you the chance to choose some plants you would like to grow and be able to take home and grow in your own garden! Other propagation techniques will be covered such as seed sowing, layering and division.
Polyculture (Forest) Gardening
A different approach to the traditional edible garden, demonstrating how to incorporate a range of plants into a natural planting scheme working with nature rather than against and less reliance on chemicals. This course also offers an insight into how you can have a low maintenance garden whilst also increasing your yields of fruit and vegetables.
Urban gardening – Making the most out of small spaces
Increasingly with new housing developments and indeed living in towns and cities, there is a real lack of outside space and it can be difficult to imagine growing anything. We have a broad experience in Urban gardening and can demonstrate easy solutions including vertical planting, growing trees in containers, easy to grow herbs and vegetables and low maintenance planting. As part of this course you have the opportunity to plant up and take home a small crate planter too!