The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) in Cornwall has had its busiest year for qualifications ever, in keeping with a report that has revealed the immense value of horticulture to Britain’s economy.
The Oxford Economics report, ‘The economic impact of ornamental horticulture and landscaping in the UK’, highlighted that horticulture supports 568,700 jobs and generated £24.2 billion to Britain’s GDP in 2017.
The only place where keen gardeners and people wishing to improve their horticultural knowledge can gain an RHS qualification in Cornwall is at Duchy College, Rosewarne.
This academic year the number of students enrolled to study an RHS Level 2 or Level 3 part-time course has doubled.
Sarah Anthony, Team Lead for Horticulture at the beautiful 100 acre site at Rosewarne, explained; “Duchy College Rosewarne is a perfect location for horticulture. We have students of all ages and backgrounds coming to study on our RHS qualifications as they are part-time courses.”
Duchy College Rosewarne first ran the RHS courses over 20 years ago at the campus where there are now over 700 RHS alumni. One of the students who studied the RHS Level 2 Practical Horticulture was Laura Nicolson who is the editor of a new gardening magazine, Bloom.
Laura, 29, explained; “I was moving from London to Cornwall and was interested in learning more professionally about horticulture. I was already working in the world of gardening books and wanted to back up what I’d learnt on the job. I’d spent a lot of time reading about horticulture so I wanted to do a course that would get my hands dirty! ”
With over 70 students studying on Level 2 and Level 3 RHS courses there has been a demand for a Level 1 course. The new Level 1 course will be available at Duchy College, Rosewarne from February which offers a perfect introduction to horticulture and for those wanting to retrain or get into gardening.
Sarah continued; “With the Level 1 course there are no formal entry requirements just an interest and enthusiasm for plants and gardening. The course will take place every Friday for 20 weeks from 15th February 2019. Students will get to work in our glass houses, plant science labs and within our extensive grounds. This course is ideal for those who would like to work outdoors, perhaps want to start a new career in horticulture or who are just looking to gain a baseline knowledge.”
On completion of the Level 1 course there are options to progress on to the RHS Level 2 and Level 3 courses also held at Rosewarne. There may also be bursaries available to help pay for part of the course, for more details on this please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be open until the end of January and for more information on the course visit www.duchy.ac.uk, come along to the next careers event on Saturday 26th January, 10am-12pm or call 0845 60 50 455.