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The RHS is the well-known and well-respected leading UK organisation recognised by gardeners all over the country and the world – but it is also an organisation that wants to do more to maintain our green and pleasant land by encouraging youngsters to take an interest in horticultural and the different skills it can provide.(See Rocket Science)
See what they write below – might you or someone you know be interested in one of their training courses? – Ed.
Training opportunities provided by the Royal Horticultural Society
For more than 210 years the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has been the force behind the nation’s gardening. In a rapidly changing world, they recognise the need to further develop and invest in education to safeguard horticultural skills for the future. The RHS vision is to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.
The Campaign for School Gardening
The RHS has over 20,000 registered members, representing more than 4.5 million children across the UK. They support our schools at national level through the RHS Schools website, online resources and national teacher training programmes. The work with schools demonstrates that the direct benefits of gardening for children are wide-ranging and can have a transformational effect on both the children and their environment. For more information about the RHS Campaign for School Gardening: schoolgardening.rhs.org.uk
Campaign for School Gardening Training Courses
School Gardening Training Courses are offered as full or half day courses at inspiring venues throughout the UK. Suitable for anyone involved in teaching children and young people to garden. They provide participants with the knowledge, practical skills and confidence to create horticultural learning experiences which will benefit the children, the school and the local community. schoolgardening.rhs.org.uk
School Visits to RHS Gardens
The RHS offers an exciting programme of workshops for schools at each of its four Gardens. For more information go to the Education and Learning section of the RHS website at rhs.org.uk.
RHS Garden Courses and Workshops
The four RHS Gardens offer a wide range of courses and workshops to inspire your experience and knowledge of plants and gardens. These contain a vast number of skills from pruning and propagation to art and photography.
Short courses and workshops From half a day up to two days. Last year, 3,921 people attended 317 short courses held at RHS Gardens, covering a range of subjects from pruning to botanic art, stone carving to planting trees. These non-qualification courses provide an enjoyable taste of garden-related skills and hobbies.
Part-time courses The most popular way to gain an RHS qualification. There are more than 90 centres in UK and Ireland where the part-time RHS Levels 2 and 3 are offered. The flexibility of being able to fit the course around work and home means they appeal to learners and employers.
RHS apprenticeships Up to 20 apprentices at the RHS Gardens earn a salary while attending local colleges for day or block-release lectures. The apprentices work for two years and study towards the Government ‘trailblazer’ apprenticeship scheme in England.
RHS School of Horticulture In 2017, 36 students worked and studied at RHS Gardens. Already holding an RHS Level 2 qualification, they are working to the RHS Level 3 Diploma in Horticultural Practice. A further 10 students progress to RHS Level 4 at RHS Gardens Wisley, Surrey. Students work as members of garden teams with academic learning through on-site lectures.
Master of Horticulture This degree-level award attracts candidates from around the world. Students from Zimbabwe and Mexico work in places as diverse as Disneyland in Hong Kong and Gardens by the Bay, Singapore. It takes three to five years to complete, is a mix of distance and face-to-face learning, and is one of the few ways to gain a degree-level horticultural qualification while working.
For more information go to the course section of the RHS website at rhs.org.uk/courses-workshops or email email@example.com.