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Within the Nordplus Adult 2021 project “Urban Garden Specialist” partners aim to develop an 80-hour lifelong education programme "Urban Gardening" for adults in 4 languages. The content will comprise of the modules on landscape planning and design, plant compatibility, sustainable use of land and urban green spaces, the history of the "parklet" concept and necessities for their construction. The programme will be designed for implementation as an on-site, online or a hybrid (partially on-site, partially online programme). The programme will be designed in English, Latvian, Lithuanian, and Swedish.
The audience of the programme are adults with or without prior knowledge in the field. These can be young people or seniors who are eager to make their cities greener. The programme may also be interesting for people with disabilities. The programme will consist of two parts, which will allow people to decide whether to acquire the basics or gain a higher level of proficiency in horticulture and design. All partners have experience in adult lifelong training programme design; each partner specialises in a certain field – horticulture, technical regulations, design, translation services, and work with adult trainees/immigrants, who will be the audience of the course.
Project period 07/2021 - 06/2023
Project number NPAD-2021/10161
Grant proposed 43910 EUR
The partners want to create a new programme that will foster the concept of green cities. The programme will be designed to be launched both in the classroom or as a distance learning programme. It will assist adults in learning new skills that will help them to improve their living environments. The programme will target its enrolment at young people, adults, or seniors, and will foster the quality of these people’s lives. The programme will also be valuable for people from the unprivileged social backgrounds or disabled people, as it will allow them to gain basic skills to find a job as well as cope with social and psychological barriers.
There is a lack of green spaces in modern cities, and there is strong interest in making households greener and more sustainable among their inhabitants.
There is a lack of adult professional development programmes that would allow them to learn about the instalment of urban gardens.
The partners work with the audiences of people who would benefit from acquiring the skills on urban garden design, implementation and maintenance.
"Urban Garden Specialist" programme modules
Module 1 “The Urban Garden Concepts”
Contents: Eco-friendly approaches. Safety. Sustainability.
Module 2 “Types and Functions of Gardens”
Contents: history of gardens, types, and functions of gardens.
Module 3 “Landscape Factors”
Contents: Garden as a part of the landscape. Analytical plan of the land plot territory - the rational use of garden space. Landscaping. Working methods with simple tools and machines that do not require special licences, learning about paving materials, materials for basements, walls, and buildings.
Module 4 “Garden Planning and Ergonomics”
Contents: Spatial planning of functional garden areas. Analysis of directions of movement. Ergonomics, the main principles of composition.
Module 5 “Garden Functional Components”
Contents: Foundations of green areas. Lawn, its types, installation, and care. Basic knowledge of soil education, distinguishing between natural and cultivated plants commonly used in landscape construction, vertical planning and ground preparation. Types of road surfaces, their construction and installation. Establishment of the garden water bodies. Local drainage and irrigation systems. Light in the garden.
Module 6 “Plant Compatibility and Composition”
Contents: The basics of the working on planting areas. Selection of plants for garden composition. Perennials, annual and biennial flowers in the garden, planting, care, propagation. The most valuable trees in the landscape garden, their planting and care.
Module 7 “Urban Garden Plan”
Contents: Garden plan and presentation. Flower bed layout. Garden installation procedure. Dendrological plan. Founding and maintaining of planting areas. Planning, drawing and designing a garden or part of a garden using various ICT tools; preparing an estimate for ordering materials, storing materials; assessing the site in the wild, marking the planting area and preparing the soil; drawing up a maintenance plan.
Module 8 “The Basics of Art and Design”
Contents: Floristics. The artistic value of composition. Colour combinations. Plant decorations.
Module 9 “The Parklet and Community Garden Concept”
Contents: the history of these two concepts, cooperation with specialists in construction to plan and install a parklet or to arrange a community garden, documents necessary for coordination of the construction plan.
Bulduri Horticultural School (LV-BDV), Latvia
Contact person: Kristine Bulkovska
CLIL Education Centre, Latvia
Contact person: Veronika Skripačova
Riga Technical University, Latvia
Contact person: Sandra Treija
SE-B-Creative Association (SE-BC), Sweden
Contact person: Ingmarie Rohdin
LT-VsI Center for Social Innovation, Lithuania
Contact person: Aurelija Jankiene