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Wednesday April 26, 2017
Start: 04/26/2017 10:00
Adaptive Gardening
26th April 2017
Redhall Walled Garden, 97 Lanark Road,  Edinburgh EH14 2LZ 
Cost: Trellis paying members £40, Network £50, Others £75
incl lunch and refreshments
In introduction to the concept of adaptive garden design and techniques. Gardening offers therapeutic opportunities for all age groups and differing skills and abilities, this course offers an overview of adaptive garden design and techniques which can be incorporated into gardening work with a wide variety client groups.   
Cost: Trellis paying members £40, Network £50, Others £70 incl lunch and refreshments
For further information click here
Book your place using the Booking Form 
Wednesday August 16, 2017
Start: 08/16/2017 12:00
Cultivating Futures
Trellis/Scottish Prison Service gardening exhibition 2017
On Wednesday, 16 August 2017 HMYOI Polmont will host Cultivating Futures, a national exhibition of decorative planters and pallets on the theme of the environment, aimed at showcasing the creativity and horticultural skills of individuals in custody across Scotland. This inaugural and innovative event is presented in partnership with Trellis, the national Scottish charity for therapeutic gardening.
Prisoners from 10 Scottish Prison Service prisons, from Grampian in the north to Dumfries in the south, have developed a range of high quality exhibits using a wide variety of skills gained whilst in custody. These skills include gardening, wood work, metal work, recycling, numeracy and literacy.
The Cultivating Futures project has also allowed participants to increase their confidence and self-esteem, improving their social and emotional health through the creation of finished products which are practical, of strong design and composed predominantly of living plant material. Prisoners have been fully involved in the planning, design and construction of all exhibits to be shown on the day, including the title(s) of the individual exhibits.
Each of the 10 prisons will display 1 planter and 1 pallet in line with a design drawn up by the Scottish Gardeners Forum. The exhibits will:
  • be 1m in width x 1m depth x 2m in height,
  • contain overhanging plant material of no more than 15cm,
  • be designed to be viewed from a distinguishable front,
  • comprise predominantly living plant material with minimal hard/soft landscaping components, and
  • provide a brief overview of the exhibit including the names of plants used.
The event will be formally opened by SPS Chief Executive Colin McConnell and Jim McColl MBE , Trellis patron and television gardener. The event will be attended by management and staff from the SPS and Trellis, as well as representatives from a wide range of partners who support both organisations in their work.
Thereafter, the exhibits will be on show in a prominent location within HMYOI Polmont to allow the widest range of fellow prisoners, visitors and staff to view them before they are donated to public and third sector organisations (such as schools and care homes) in the localities of the prisons taking part in the exhibition.
The event will be attended by national and local media/press and will feature on SPS and Trellis Twitter and Facebook sites.
In view of the anticipated success of this, the first, Cultivating Futures event, it is expected that other SPS prisons will host similar events in future years. 
Wednesday September 06, 2017
Start: 09/06/2017 10:00


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.  

Further Information

Trellis knowledge, skills and good practice sharing events for CPD in therapeutic gardening.
Friday September 15, 2017
Start: 09/15/2017 10:00
Fife Networking Event in association with FCFCG & Trellis AGM
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?
Gardening in community garden settings?
Do you work with children, young people or adults with a variety of support needs?
Join Trellis and the Federation of City Farms & Community Gardens at the Ecology Centre, meet others interested in therapeutic  and community gardening to share insights, skills and good practice:
  • Garden tour of the Ecology Centre Garden - see the Vegetable Snake!
  • Stalls - Keep Scotland Beautiful; RCHS Grow & Learn Awards
  • Your questions answered (group discussion and networking)
This event is suitable for anyone wishing to /already supporting people to garden in community, education and health settings.

Further Information 

*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.
Thursday September 21, 2017
Start: 09/21/2017 10:00
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 18th September 2017
To book phone Joan 07752 008600 or email
Further Information
Tuesday September 26, 2017
Start: 09/26/2017 09:30


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.
Further Information


Tuesday October 10, 2017
Start: 10/10/2017 10:00
Networking Event
FCFCG in association with Trellis
10th October 2017
10.00 - 3.30pm
St Giles Church, St Giles Church Hall, High Street, Elgin IV30 1BW 

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

Join FCFCG and Trellis to network, learn and share best practice with others involved in community and therapeutic growing across Grampian and Highland.  A morning of discussion, networking with other projects and an introduction to the work of Grow Elgin.  Networking lunch- bring information about your project to share in a lunchtime marketplace. An afternoon of workshops and sharing good practice.
Workshops (to be confirmed):
    Walking tour and seed saving at Cooper Park.
    Risk Assessment made easy with Trellis
    An Introduction to The Growing Award
    Good practice volunteer management in your setting
Refreshments and a light vegetarian lunch will be provided 
Please book your lunch by emailing stating any dietary requirements and pay £5 on the day.
You are welcome to bring sandwiches too!
Dress in suitable warm clothing and outdoor shoes.
If travel costs are a barrier to attendance please let us know.
Book by 5th October, last minute booking - let us know you are coming  phone 07527 035505
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