Mother Garden Bootcamp

3 days and 2 nights x 4 weekend stays

Friday 15th September - Sunday 10th December 2023


Following the huge success of our first ever Fircroft College Mother Garden Bootcamp course, we will be offering another one in the Autumn term. Because the seasons are changing and it will be a different time of year, we will be exploring new and exciting methods of creating and maintaining gardens, and how to ensure they are sustainable all year round.


This course could be FREE to you. Take a look at our fees page here


Level 1

This course is ideal if you want to develop your own project and is for:

  • Those involved in community food growing projects
  • People wishing to create their own Mother Garden

This course will equip you to use the Mother Gardens’ model to develop urban forest communities, including community orchards, foraging gardens, and nature-conservation projects.

It is a practical course where you will take part in developing spaces both on the college grounds and in community spaces across the city.

You will learn about growing and propagating perennial edible plants.

During this course, learning will include:

  • Fruit tree planting
  • Fruit tree pruning
  • Planning your orchard
  • Propagating edible plants through hardwood cuttings
  • Seed saving
  • Nature conservation and rewilding
  • Community organising basics

In addition to the above, you will have the opportunity to:

Participate in community-based workdays at various forest communities and orchards across the city.

Get hands on experience to develop food forest and edible conservation spaces on the Fircroft college grounds.

Learn the principles, philosophy, and practice of Mother Gardens, to then apply it to your own green space


  • Friday 15th – Sunday 17th September 2023
  • Friday 13th – Sunday 15th October 2023
  • Friday 17th – Sunday 19th November 2023
  • Friday 8th – Sunday 10th December 2023

Gardening and community work dates to be confirmed

Entry Requirements

You must be working at Entry Level 3 in Literacy, or above


Following successful completion of this course, you will:

  • Be able to develop and maintain different types of tree-based gardens.
  • Be connected to different urban forest communities, as well as community gardens across the city
  • Become part of the community of mother gardeners working from Fircroft College.
  • Be able to create your own Mother Garden space, then forming part of a network of Mother Gardens.