Courses at Old Lands

Whether a novice or an experienced gardener, we have courses for you at the beautiful Old Lands walled garden.

The Land Gardeners – How to Make Nutrient Rich humifying Compost

2nd October 2018


Henrietta Courtauld and Bridget Elsworthy  established The Land Gardeners to research plant and soil health through growing, cutting and designing. On the course we will start with a slide lecture and discuss why some soils are becoming so degraded and how to make the best microbially active compost to enrich the soil and grow nutrient dense food. We will learn the basics of a Controlled Aerobic Composting process to provide a fundamental understanding of why it is so important to create aerobic compost and the prerequisites to do so successfully. We will also look at using compost teas, how to produce them properly and how to apply them in order to gain the greatest benefits.After a light lunch using produce from the walled garden, the afternoon will focus on the practical aspects discussed during the morning. To finish, there will be a tour around the garden.


To book a place please email Clare on and she will send you a booking invoice


£60 including lunch of seasonal fresh produce

No-Dig Gardening with Charles Dowding

11th & 12th May


This two day course will be run over a weekend, starting with a talk from Charles Dowding on Day 1 explaining the principles of no dig. This will be followed by a walk and talk with Charles taking us round the walled garden at Old Lands and after lunch he will show us round another no dig garden nearby. Charles will only be with us for the first day .Day 2 will be run by the Old Lands gardeners, Cherry Taylor and Penny Redman, and will be more hands on. We will create together a new no dig bed on pasture, demonstrate weed suppression techniques, and other growing methods developed by Charles.

The walled garden at Old Lands has been run as a no-dig vegetable garden for since 2015, and now supplies a small on site produce shop.The other no dig garden is Old Llangattock Farm created entirely from scratch using all no dig methods in 2016 for both vegetable and flower beds. 

The aim of the course will be for you to leave with enough confidence to start to apply the no-dig principles in your own garden, allotment or cut flower business. Price includes morning and afternoon refreshments and lunch of seasonal produce from the Old Lands walled garden.


Day 1 only – £125

Day 2 only – £95

Both days £195

To register an interest in a place please email