Training with elderly people
This course provides an overview of the potential ways in which gardening and nature can be used with care settings to support those they care for and enhance quality of life. If you work in a care setting and want to connect those you care for to gardens and nature this course details different approaches and provides the practical skills to facilitate gardening and nature based activities for health and wellbeing.

Through consideration for the evidence for how gardens and nature can be supportive in care settings we will consider different ways of empowering those you care for to access nature in a way that is suitable for each individual and how garden and nature-based activities can be maximised for their therapeutic value. As well as being practical as we learn about the facilitation skills to make the most of the flexibility gardens and nature provide to find activities suitable for any ill health or disability group we provide excellent resources for you to take away and use within your care setting.

This course is suitable for:

Anyone who wants to maximise the use of gardens and nature in their care settings for the benefit of those they support. This course is suitable to activity co-ordinators and care teams involved in providing activities of daily living and experiential and well as more traditional activities.

What you will learn:

  • To create a plan for using gardens and nature in your care.
  • How to describe the benefits of gardens and nature to gain support for their inclusion across the wider team to make gardens and nature part of care.
  • How to access to ensure everyone is safe and can be supported to access meaningful and achievable activity.
  • How to facilitate experiential activities in nature.
  • How to facilitate more traditional gardening and nature based activities, using flexibility and adaptation to your approach to ensure there are accessible and engaging.
  • Gardening skills so you can be confident in working with plants and in a garden.
  • Understand how to prioritise the development of gardens within your care setting to make them suitable for the people accessing your setting.
  • How gardens and nature can provide opportunities for wider benefit for the care team, relatives and friends, and visiting professionals.


2 weeks - flexible access (see schedule)

Included in your fee

Access to all training materials
Access to live events and sessions
Downloadable practical resources

Course fee

  • £120
  • We offer an instalment option for those who might benefit from staggering the costs of this course. Please email training@thrive.org.uk if you would like to find out more about this option.


This is a blended course, held over 2 weeks (access will begin on the Friday before to provide time for those studying at the weekend) with flexible access to all learning materials and staggered live event times to accommodate attendees' home and work commitments. The schedule can be viewed here Using gardens and nature for health and wellbeing in care settings

Please note that the number of scheduled live events may be reduced subject to numbers of people on the course.

4-6 hours learning time is required across each week including the live events.

Need to book multiple places or pay by invoice?

If you prefer to book a course by post, book more than one place or require an invoice please email training@thrive.org.uk

Terms and conditions:

Please read our terms and conditions before booking a course.

Frequently Asked Questions

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1—15 December 2023, Online

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