November 2017 – Update on Horticulture Week/Professional Gardeners’ Trust Award Report Competition
The prize for the winner of the competition will be a year’s free on-line subscription to Horticulture Week.
The judges have now considered which reports best demonstrate the value of the grant and how the training undertaken has contributed to the student’s professional prospects. A short list has been drawn up and congratulations go to the 11 finalists, whose reports can be found below. The winner will be announced in the New Year.
When considering applying for an award remember to apply at least six weeks before the course begins!
Working gardeners or full-time horticultural trainees are helped to continue their formal horticultural education by attending college courses on day release or evening courses, or through distance learning.
RHS Level 2 RHS Level 3
Please click on the following link to read comments from previous recipients of awards – Horticultural Qualifications
Work placement or exchange
Professional gardeners are helped to experience the contrasting working environment of another garden for a few weeks. The objective is to develop existing skills or learn new skills by means of a secondment, or even an exchange on the basis of joint applications between gardens.
The Award can support loss of earnings, the cost of backfill whilst the beneficiary is away, accommodation, transport costs and travel insurance. These are usually financed through the Finnis Scott Award.
Previous beneficaries have been able to use this award to work and gain experience at Chelsea Physic Garden, Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons , Tresco, Levens Hall and Great Dixter
Certificate for use of equipment
Employers often require certificates to prove competence in use of horticultural equipment and many gardeners in the early stages of their horticultural careers have received awards from the Trust to obtain these.
Safe application of pesticide certificates PA1 and PA6:
Please click on the following link to see more photos and comments from previous recipients of awards – Safe application of pesticide
Chainsaw training is particularly rigourous and certificates are not easy to achieve; read how hard our beneficiaries worked to become competent chainsaw operators.
Please click on the following link to see more photos and comments from previous recipients of awards – Certificate for use of equipment – chainsaw
Use of other equipment:
Previously awards have been given for courses in tractor driving and the use of a mini-digger.
Please click on the following link to see more comments from previous recipients of awards – Use of other equipment
Horticulture encompasses so many skills. Examples of awards can be found below:
Foundation Certificate in Floristry Walled Kitchen Garden Network Forum
Please click on the following link to see more comments from previous recipients of awards – Other Training