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

On completing a course in Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross Cutting in 2020 Alyson Tapp said “.. the use of machinery as a powerful as a chainsaw definitely took me ‘out of my comfort zone’ . For this reason, passing the assessment felt like a real personal achievement as well as a certified professional skill!”  and Nic Adams and Matt Kershaw on completing a course in Chainsaw Maintenance,Cross Cutting and Tree Felling and Processing in 2019 said ‘We want to say a particularly big THANK YOU for having confidence in both of us despite our health problems, for being very supportive and for offering suggestions of other organisations who might be able to help us”.

On completing an RHS Level 2 course in Garden Planning in 2019 Rachel Pratt said said “I have gained so much confidence in my abilities as a gardener and designer as a result of this course and I am looking forward to applying my training to help and inspire our community further…” and Scott Galloway on completing a Course in Herbology in 2019 said ‘Herbology has given me a different perspective on how we grow, cultivate, consume and prepare our herbs in our daily lives.  I would argue that this course is essential for any gardener with an interest in herbs…”

You can apply for an award for:

  • Horticultural Qualifications – e.g. RHS Level 2, 3 and Masters which can be day release, evening courses or distance learning
  • Work Placement or exchange – a great opportunity to experience a different garden’s working environment and to develop or learn new skills by means of a secondment.  The Award can support accommodation costs, transport costs and possibley childcare costs.  Awards have been given for placements at Bristol Botanic Garden, Great Dixter, Chelsea Physic Garden, Tresco and Levens Hall.
  • Certificate for use of equipment – e.g. Safe application of pesticide certificates PA1 and PA6, Chainsaw, tractor driving and use of mini-digger.
  • Other training – awards have been given for courses in Garden Design, Garden History, Composting, Permaculture, Plant Identification, Managing as a Head Gardener and Foundation Certificate in Floristry.

Award Reports – use the links below to read reports from previous award recipients


Rachel Pratt – RHS Level 2            Helen Jones – RHS Level 2


Errol Fernandes – RHS Level 3     Sue Appleton – RHS Level 3


Fiona Dalton – PA1 and PA6         Theodore Carpenter – Tractor Driving      


Adam Jacob – Aerial Tree Pruning    Lynne Maclagan – English Landscape Gardens

(credit for Adams photo goes to Mike Newman Photography)

Kirsty Wilson – Diploma in Garden Design

      Thomas Holmes – Managing as a Head Gardener

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