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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.

                

Jenni Quinlan                          Violet Gibbs

                     

Riyah Snow                              David Bull

             

Scarlett English                        Hélèna Dove 

              

Kate White                                 Yvette Bell

             

Sophie Cook                           Sharon Hodder

   Nathan Foulds                     

 

 

 

When considering applying for an award remember to apply at least six weeks before the course begins!

 

 

 

Horticultural qualification

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                 

              

Tom Brownson                       Marina Peneva  

RHS Masters

Gary Leaver

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:  

                                          

Philip Vaughan-Williams                  Elizabeth Mansfield                                      

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.

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Dylan Collingham                                       David Wilson 

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

 

Other training

Horticulture encompasses so many skills. Examples of awards can be found below:

Foundation Certificate in Floristry   Walled Kitchen Garden Network Forum

                              

Makiko Kuga                                            

Please click on the following link to see more comments from previous recipients of awards – Other Training

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