Short Courses

Garden Tools, Use and Care ( Two-day course)

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Enrol for this course

Understanding how to use your garden tools and equipment correctly will not only keep you safe and healthy, but prolong the life of the tools too. Garden tools can be expensive and if not cared for properly they will deteriorate. This two-day course is aimed at amateur gardeners who want to know how best to use, maintain, repair and preserve a range of garden tools and equipment.

What will I study?

It covers the following types of garden tools and equipment:

  1. Rakes: landscape, garden and lawn
  2. Spades: digging and border
  3. Forks: digging and border
  4. Hoes: Dutch, draw, push/pull
  5. Garden lines and boards
  6. Loppers, secateurs (bypass and anvil) and long reach pruners
  7. Saws: bow and pruning
  8. Shears: lawn edging, hedging and topiary
  9. Knives: pruning, garden and grafting/budding

What is covered?

The following aspects are covered:

Safe use - using tools safely and efficiently for a range of cultivations, planting, sowing, weeding and pruning

Care/maintenance - cleaning, sharpening and preservation

Repair - how to repair a broken spade/fork and other selected tools

Safe storage -  sensible storage solutions

Please note: You are invited to bring some of your own tools and equipment which are in need of some expert care and attention, to work on during the course.


How is it delivered and assessed?

This course is delivered over two consecutive days at our centres, there is no formal assessment. However your tutor will  offer helpful hints and provide you with feedback on your techniques.


What qualification will I get?

On completion of the course you will be given a course completion certificate from the Academy of Practical Horticulture Limited.

What is the cost and venue(s)?

The course takes place at the Ryton Centre:

29th and 30th June 2020,

28th and 29th June 2021

The cost of the course is £200.00 plus V.A.T. @ £40.00 for the complete course. The total payable is £240.00

What is the enrolment process?

Click on the green 'Enrol for this course' button above and complete an enrolment form; please ensure that you provide ALL of the details requested. Payment options are: payment through the website using a credit/debit card or via PayPal.

What else do I need to know?

This is predominantly a practical course with a small amount of theory underpinning knowledge, therefore you need to wear comfortable casual clothing, which should include safety footwear. It is also advisable to be prepared for inclement weather by bringing waterproof clothing and sun protection. All necessary Personal Protective Equipment/clothing will be provided.

What can I do after completing this course?

You would be welcome to attend any of the short courses or masterclasses that we offer. Perhaps Powered Garden Machinery and Equipment? Or perhaps (if not already studying one of them) one of the Royal Horticultural Society Courses at one of our centres. Alternatively you make like to gain a professional qualification by attending a City & Guilds NPTC Certificate of Competence Course, see our website for details.