Trellis Training

Knowledge, skills and good practice sharing
Trellis Programme 2017
 For CPD in therapeutic gardening.

Gardening to support Young People with Complex ASN in Residential Care & Education
(11-16 years age group)
6th September 2017 from 10:00-15:00 (Coffee & Registration from 9:30)
Balnacraig School, 1 Fairmount Terrace,  Perth  PH2 7AS
Free to attend 

Keen to encourage young people with complex ASN to take part in gardening?
Overcome barriers in education/care settings?
Create engaging therapeutic and learning experiences?  

Join us at Balnacraig, a residential school for young people with complex Additional Support Needs (11-16 yrs) to find out about their new therapeutic garden. Includes:
  • ‘Our garden story’ Presentations on the the rationale behind the use of a garden space in this type of educational setting;  The challenges and the pleasures of creating and using the garden.
  • Garden Tour - Opportunity to network and guided tour of the garden
  • Presentation from Dr Shona Quinn, The nurturing and therapeutic model of care used at Balnacraig
  • Open Group Discussion on the questions you’d like to raise as well as what works/overcoming barriers to gardening activities.
This event is an opportunity to meet with others interested in therapeutic gardening - share insights, skills and good practice through presentations, discussion and a garden tour.
Suitable for anyone wishing to /already supporting young people with complex ASN in community, education and health settings.  

Booking Form
Further Information


Fife Networking Event in association with FCFCG & Trellis AGM
15th September  2017
The Ecology Centre, Kinghorn Loch, Fife KY3 9YG  

FREE Event    Lunch available £5 (book now pay on day) or bring a packed lunch

Are you interested in therapeutic gardening?
In community garden settings?
Do you work with children, young people and adults with a variety of support needs?
Join Trellis and the FCFCG at the Ecology Centre, meet others interested in therapeutic  and community gardening to share insights, skills and good practice through discussion, networking and garden tour of the Ecology Centre Garden in the beautiful setting of Kinghorn Loch. This event is suitable for anyone wishing to /already supporting people to garden in community, education and health settings.

Further Information 
Booking Form  Book by 1st September 

*The Trellis AGM is to be held at 15:30 (duration approx. 30 mins). Paying members of Trellis have voting rights at the AGM. If you are interested in the work of the Trellis board, please come along and meet us.


Engaging Children & Young People in Gardening
21st September 2017 from 10:00 to 15:00
Girvan Community Garden, 25 Knockcushan Street, Girvan, Ayrshire KA26 9AG  

Do you work with children and young people?
Looking for ways to engage them in gardening?

Join Trellis at the vibrant Girvan Community Garden for a day of sharing good practice in gardening with children & young people:   
•    Practical Workshops: Bushcraft Skills - including Fire making & cooking;
Gardening activities - engaging children & young people
•    Garden Tour
Meet others interested in gardening to share insights, skills and good practice through discussion, workshops, networking and a garden tour. This event is suitable for anyone wishing to /already supporting children and young people to garden in community, education and health settings.

Cost £10 Lunch & refreshments included
Book by 11th September 2017
Further Information
Booking Form


Autism Awareness & Gardening
26th September 2017 9:30 - 13:00
Redhall Walled Garden 97 Lanark Road, Edinburgh EH14 2LZ

Do you garden with groups or individuals?
Want to understand more about autism/Asperger Syndrome?
Explore how to adapt gardening activity to support this group?
Join us and IntoWork at Redhall Walled Garden, Edinburgh for this session exploring how to better support people with autism to garden.
Cost: Trellis paying members £20, Network £25, Others £35 
Further Information
Booking Form


Health & Safety in the Garden Training
3rd October 2017
10:00 - 15:30
The Hidden Gardens, Glasgow
Gardening with groups? Want to know how to tackle risk assessment? Understand how to use and store garden tools? Then this is the course for you. Clear information on health & safety considerations, your legal position, discussion and practical activities.
Cost: Trellis paying members £40, Network £50, Others £70 incl lunch and refreshments 

Further Information
Booking Form


What people say about our knowledge, skills and good practice sharing events:

Enjoyed another inspiring training day, full of lots of ideas to go away with and explore!"

 "an absolutely brilliant day - I gained an enormous amount from it and really appreciate the time spent on putting this together."

"I hadn't appreciated just how much of an understanding of working with people from all walks of life could be gained by listening to such specialised and committed carers - everybody who works with anybody should be attending these events "

Keep your therapeutic gardening Continual Professional Development up to date with our range of training workshops.
Trellis CPD training courses are endorsed by the  IOH logo
If you would like to suggest a topic or a venue for these sessions please contact us on 01738 624348 or email

Looking for training in all aspects of therapeutic gardening?
Trellis runs a programme of training events open to all
on the many aspects of therapeutic and communty gardening. These training events can be valuable in broadening and updating your Continual Professional Development (CPD). 
Topics include:

  • Introduction to Therapeutic Gardening
  • Adaptive Gardening Techniques
  • Year Round Planning for Gardening Activities
  • Basic Gardening Skills
  • Advanced Gardening Skills
  • Gardening for the Elderly
  • Health & Safety Risk Assessment for Gardening Projects
  • Income Generation
  • Social Enterprisefor community and theraeputic gardening project
These are advertised here and on our homepage as well as in our ebullitins and social media.

Did you know that we also offer on-site courses specially designed for your group?
Is it difficult for your team to get off site to attend training?
Would you be be interested in a course tailored to the needs of your team?
Would you like to develop your professional skill in therapeutic gardening?
Trellis is the national networking organisation for therapeutic horticulture in Scotland . Our team has extensive knowledge and experience in therapeutic horticulture. Experienced trainers can deliver tailored courses specifically designed for your requirements.
If you would like to discuss your individual/groups training requirements and tailored courses please call us on 01738 624348.


RCHS Grow and Learn
Recognition of Achievement in Horticulture Award 

This is a learner centred programme suitable for those with complex  learning needs. The award scheme is tailored to individual learning needs based on personal learning plans and assessed though a portfolio recognising acievements and progress in core horticultural skill such as cultivation, seed sowing, composting, propagation and plant care.
For more information see the RCHS Grow and Learn web pages
For further information contactRCHS Grow and Learn
Click here for the Grow and Learn leaflet.


Funding sources for training

ILA Scotland ILA 200 is a Scottish Government scheme to provide funding for courses such as Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) and IT skills. Employees and employers can find out more about ILA funding by visiting the ILA Scotland website or calling 0808 100 1090 to discuss directly with an ILA Scotland adviser.

The Scottish Social Services Council have a list of training funders available at

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