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Level: 1

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 1

Weeks: 1

Hours: 12.00

Start: Various Dates (Please press the Book Now Button to View Dates)

Days / Times: Various 09:30 to 16:00

Tuition (£): 120.00*
Full Concession: (0 Tuition/Exam Fee) available dependant on eligibility – A Full Concession is not applicable to a full-cost course

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This two-day course involves:

Day 1 AM

Plant Identification - introduce 20 Trees/Shrubs

Theory - Pruning Techniques:

  • 5 Ds
  • Formative
  • Maintenance
  • Restorative
  • Specialist eg. fruit

Theory - Pruning Timings:

  • deciduous
  • evergreen
  • ripewood
  • roses

Day 1 PM

Pruning - Demonstration and Practical

Plant Identification - Quiz/Ident Walk

Recap

Day 2 AM

Ground Preparation - Theory

  • Formal Bedding
  • Herbaceous Borders
  • Trees/Shrubs

Planning - Theory

  • Formal Bedding
  • Herbaceous Borders
  • Mixed Borders

Day 2 PM

Planting Practical

Plant Identification - Quiz/Ident Walk

 

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements. Candidates should be keen to learn about gardening, and be able to work outdoors in any weather.

 

Course Content

The aims of the course are for students to:

  • Learn 20 shrubs' common/botanical names
  • Develop pruning techniques
  • Develop ground preparation skills
  • Develop planting techniques

This course follows the framework for the City & Guilds Level 1 Certificate in Practical Horticulture, so candidates will receive a City & Gullds Certificate on completion.

How will I be assessed?

 Assessment will be ongoing throughout the two days.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

Students will need to wear appropriate safety footwear. Suitable wet weather clothing and gloves would be advantageous.

What can I do after this course?

  • Become a volunteer at a managed garden
  • Seek employment or an apprenticeship in the horticultural sector
  • Enrol on a Level 2 course (Derby College Group offers the Level 2 RHS Practical Certificate in Garden Planning and Theory and a full-time Level 2 Diploma)

 

 

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* Tuition - This figure is the tuition fee to be paid - There are no concessionary fees available.

This course is run at the Broomfield Hall Campus

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Jamie Juffs

Jamie Juffs

Former horticulture apprentice Jamie is gardener at Lost Gardens of Heligan

Former Derby College Group Horticulture apprentice Jamie Juffs has clinched a full time job as an ornamental gardener at Cornwall’s historic Lost Gardens of Heligan.
 
One of the UK’s most popular gardens, the 200-acre Heligan estate has its own microclimate and is home to a rare national collection of unique plants including veteran camellias and ancient rhododendrons.
 
In his new job in Horticulture, Jamie will be involved in developing and restoring the gardens, working exclusively with plants.
 
Jamie, who is 21, recently completed a four-year apprenticeship based at Broomfield Hall after achieving a distinction * in his level 2 diploma in Horticulture.
 
His love of gardening began while he was still at school so, after GCSEs, he enrolled at Broomfield Hall to further his knowledge.
He said: “I really enjoyed my apprenticeship and, after completing level 2, I continued onto to level 3  The people at Broomfield are so lovely and friendly. I was able to try everything to do with horticulture there –fruit and vegetable gardening as well as working with flowers and ornamental plants.
 
I think the best part of my job at Broomfield Hall has been working with the volunteers. Broomfield is a big site and is developing its gardens, so there are a lot of people who volunteer.”
 
Jamie is excited to be starting his new job and to be doing what he likes best – planting and pruning  while also being part of a team.
 
He added: “I love working with plants and I enjoy working with people. I’m not sure where I’d like my horticulture career to lead as yet but I wouldn’t mind continuing to work in historic gardens or maybe running my own plant business one day.” 

“I really enjoyed my apprenticeship and, after completing level 2, I continued onto to level 3  The people at Broomfield are so lovely and friendly. I was able to try everything to do with horticulture there –fruit and vegetable gardening as well as working with flowers and ornamental plants.


 I think the best part of my job at Broomfield Hall has been working with the volunteers. Broomfield is a big site and is developing its gardens, so there are a lot of people who volunteer.”

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