Science, Engineering and the Environment

Short courses and lectures exploring science, engineering, and the environment

How to Plan a Town

Town planning determines the appearance, function and development of most cities. Appropriate civic design can help us to create a sustainable and liveable environment that offers a healthy life, satisfying employment, and quality social services for us all. Most importantly, plans should benefit form the community's input. Looking at the past, present and future of our cities, we'll show you how you can take a leading role in town planning, working with local authorities to produce a local plan. With Dr Xinxin Cao, 4 meetings from Thursday 3 June, 11am-1pm.

Looking after your garden: tricks, tips and myths

Discover the best ways to look after your garden. We will discuss weeding, composting and pruning, as well as sharing a few vital gardening secrets and exploding a few myths. By the end of this event, you'll be equipped to get the most form your garden, and keep it looking as fresh as a daisy! This course is the second part of our three part Garden Design Essentials series, covering all the key elements of designing your own garden or backyard. This course will give you inspiration and help create a garden that looks good all year round, and will show you how to look after it. With Andy Lambie, Saturday 8 May & Saturday 15 May, 10am-1pm.

Rhododendrons: The Aristocrats of the Plant World

There are over a thousand species of rhododendron and they come with tales of crazed Ancient Greeks, plant invasion and obsessed collectors. This talk explores these tales and the great collections in the gardens of the UK. With Nick Lightfoot, Thursday 22 April, 2-4pm. We are no longer taking enrolments for this course.

Gardens & Designed Landscapes of the Wirral

Join us for an exploration of the gardens and designed landscapes on the Wirral peninsula. These include the private gardens designed by Thomas Mawson for William Lever at Thornton Manor, and ‘Bulley’s Garden’ – now the University of Liverpool’s Ness Botanic Gardens. We will also study landscaped public spaces, including the world famous Birkenhead Park. With Nick Lightfoot, Thursday 6 May, 6-8pm.