About the Programme

Gardeniser = "Garden Organiser" - A key organisational role within community gardens, farms and growing spaces that requires a unique combination of skills.

Gardeniser is a large, multi-partner European training programme funded by Erasmus+ that aims to recognise and upskill Gardenisers across Europe through a training programme using the European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET).

There are currently two strands of work

  • Gardeniser Pro is an training course that recognises and trains Gardenisers through the awarding of a Gardeniser Licence
  • Gardeniser Hub is in the development stages and will enhance the Gardeniser Licence with further professional training and development

Find out more about both training opportunities here:

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The Gardeniser programme began more than 10 years ago, with visits between community gardens in different countries through the Lifelong Learning - Grundtvig programme. A key issue emerged through these exchanges: community gardeners no longer had time to cultivate plants, because they were too busy cultivating people! 

The project partners named this role the "Gardeniser" and began establishing training to recognise and support Gardenisers all over Europe in their work.

Gardeniser Pro Training Course 

Gardeniser Pro provides a formal qualification that recognises the professional skills required for an organising role within a community garden, farm or growing space.

This course contains ‘everything you need to know about running a community garden apart from the gardening'.

Next course date: Autumn 2022, exact dates TBC

  • Online, 10 week course with weekly 2 hour sessions
  • Plus 40 hours of internship, done in your own time after the course, which backs up the learning and uses your own experience.
  • Successful completion of the course, homework and online test - results in a Gardeniser Pro license.

Cost: £300.

"Amazing course .I learned so much and it exceeded my expectations"

"Just about every aspect of the course was immediately applicable to my work. Discussions with other gardenisers have been great, everyone is really supportive and it’s made a huge difference to listen to and share with people who understand and have new perspectives and ideas, as often my role can be quite isolated."

Gardeniser Hub

The Gardeniser Hub programme is currently under development and will enhance the Gardeniser Pro Licence with a new European ECVET system training program that develops new trainers and supports Gardenisers to engage with public sector and primary and secondary school sectors.

  • The Gardeniser Hub training will launch in 2023

Gardeniser Newsletter

View the most recent edition of the Gardeniser Hub Newsletter here:


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Membership is free and open to any organisation delivering nature-based activities that improve people's lives. Join us and start enjoying a great range of benefits today.