April 9th 2017
The first group on the Gardeners' Company Future Gardeners project have now completed their Gold Course and were presented by the Master with certificates to mark their achievement at a special ceremony on the 5th April at the Royal Geographical Society in Kensington.
Seven people from a mixture of backgrounds finished the course which is intended to be both an introduction to horticulture and preparation for entering the workplace. A number have already found placements within horticulture.
They have been working at Walworth Garden Farm in Southwark and at Bankside Open Spaces Trust (BOST) with Future Gardeners organiser Louisa Mansfield. The Company's partners in the Future Gardeners project are BOST, The Royal Parks Guild and City & Guilds. Roots and Shoots, another vocational training organisation in south London, have also contributed.
A new Silver Course is in preparation.
The Master, Paul Rochford, Louisa Mansfield (second left) and some of the successful Future Gardeners students at the Royal Geographical Society.