Learning Activities


There are a range of learning opportunities for adults, including horticultural training, history of the gardens, etc. :

WORKSHOPS e.g. propagation, pruning

GARDENER’S WALKS (free with admission) – monthly walks focusing on seasonal interest, including a September Apple walk devoted to the historic collection of apples and their cultivation.

GUIDED TOURS with refreshments can be arranged for groups of 10 or more to focus on the social and horticultural importance of the gardens.

TRAINING – individual training (including First Aid) is offered to volunteers, and there are occasional places for work experience.


Hill Close Gardens provide a wonderful environment for introducing children and their families to playing and learning outdoors. Activities are organised by the Learning and Community Engagement Team (LaCE).

Children from local Nurseries, Pre-schools and Schools make regular group visits to the gardens throughout the year, where activities are planned to support the school curriculum.

As the seasons change, the gardens offer a range of activities where children not only hear about Nature but get to see and feel it too. There’s nothing better than digging for worms and harvesting the crops the children have planted.

Family sessions and events take place throughout the year, where children and their families can take part in seasonal activities. Family ‘Drop-Ins‘ for pre-school children take place the second Thursday morning most months (except summer – see Learning Events for details).

Joe, our Scarecrow presides over the Children’s Garden where the parents and carers support the children in a range of art and craft activities, digging and planting, water play and for some, most importantly, jumping in muddy puddles – wellies always required!

There are also special events such as Teddy Bears’ Picnic, Scarecrow Hunt, Autumn Colours and lots more …..

Learning Events