Grow & Learn in Nature (GLiN)

The Caley’s project-based award that helps to connect people, plants and nature.

Please note: We are currently revising the format of our Grow & Learn in Nature Award and are unable to accept new applications at the moment.  If you would like to be contacted when we resume enrolment, please email

Existing GLiN groups can continue as normal.


The GLiN Award is all about making your outdoor spaces more nature and wildlife friendly.
The aims are to develop your skills and knowledge in plant care, soil health, propagation, growing for wildlife and so much more, helping to increase the biodiversity of your space.

Who is it for?

GLiN is for anyone interested in gardening and nature – there is no age limit.

Anyone can work towards achieving their GLiN award, on your own or in a group of any size or age range.

Children can work on a GLiN project at home with their family or as part of their nursery or school work, with a teacher.
You don’t need to have much gardening knowledge to start GLiN as you will learn throughout the duration of the award.

How it works

GLiN is flexible and you can work on your award at your gardening project, in your local greenspace, at school or even at home in your garden, on a balcony or a window ledge. You decide what your project will be.

Practical outdoor learning leads to achieving your award. There are no exams – just download your portfolio and you’re ready to go. Update your portfolio regularly and record your learning over time.

To achieve your award, you simply complete a minimum of 30 hours of gardening activities – nice and easy.

There is no deadline, so you can take the time you and your group need to complete this award.

Once you sign up you will get a login to our members area which gives you access to the portfolio and resources.

What you achieve

Once you have completed your GLiN portfolio you will:

  • Be awarded The Caley’s GLiN ‘Certificate of Achievement’.
  • Gain new gardening skills that work in harmony with nature.
  • Develop your connection with the natural world.

For more information or to sign up for the GLiN Award contact:

Grow & Learn in Nature members login

GLiN in partnership with the Coalfield Regeneration Trust

Recently, The Caley has been working in partnership with the Coalfields Regeneration Trust (CRT) to measure the impact the GLiN award made to participants skills, knowledge and understanding of gardening and nature.

Need some more inspiration?

Below you will find a some completed portfolios.  They will give you an idea of some of the things you can do to complete your award.


Carolann’s Portfolio

“The Caley’s Grow and Learn award is a fantastic way of encouraging individuals of all ages regardless of gardening experience to connect with nature, develop new skills and inspire others.” Carolann Philp


Garden of Paradise Portfolio

GLiN portfolio co-created by a participant and an NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde occupational therapist.



Rowanbank Portfolio

“I’m really looking forward to starting this… I’m actually working towards something” GLiN participant