Certificate in Organic Horticulture, organic gardening,garden organic

Certificate in Organic Horticulture   go logo  

A qualification designed to enable you to plan, construct and maintain a complete organic garden; it is suitable for anyone who has an interest in organic horticulture.

Study programme endorsed by Garden Organic

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How the course is taught and assessed:

A course of study on Tuesdays, 09.30 - 16.30 at our teaching facility at Ryton Gardens

It involves theory work and hands-on practical activities and assessments with an organic expert.

To achieve a B.E.S.T. Certificate in Organic Horticulture you must successfully complete a minimum of eight modules.

Three modules are compulsory, and you can choose any five others to complete your Certificate.

There is NO EXTRA CHARGE  if you want to study more than eight.


Compulsory units are:

01   Principles which underpin sustainable horticulture practices

02  Planning an organic garden

04   Managing soil, growing media and maintaining fertility

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You  can choose a minimum of any other five modules, from:

03 Understanding the properties of soil and importance of soil biology

05 Importance of habitat provision and biodiversity

06 Planning year round organic vegetable growing

07 Vegetable growing methods, harvesting, storage and seed saving

08 Growing annuals, biennials and herbaceous perennials sustainably

09 Selecting, planting and maintaining trees and shrubs sustainably                                       

10 Selecting and maintaining lawns and wildlife friendly alternatives                                     

11 Prevention, identification and organic control of garden pests, diseases and disorders        

12 Prevention, identification and organic control of garden weeds

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Course costs:  For face-to-face tuition, practical instruction, practical assessment and multiple choice testing (consisting of three compulsory and five or more optional modules):

£650.00  (plus VAT @ £130.00) Total payable £780.00

(These combined assessment fees may be paid in four instalments of £200.00, which includes an administration fee of £5 per instalment.)

Download a course leaflet here for more information and a timetable for the teaching and assessment days; and the Qualification Guide here.

 Achievement: at the end of the course we will issue a BEST in Horticulture Certificate of Achievement which lists the modules you have successfully completed.