Apprenticeship in amenity horticulture opens at Benmore Botanic Garden

A budding horticulturist is being given the chance to work and train at Benmore Botanic Garden, near Dunoon, thanks to a two-year apprenticeship that combines a college course with hands-on experience.

Benmore. Image: RBGE
Benmore. Image: RBGE

The apprenticeship in amenity horticulture is in memory of David Younger, and has been made possible through the generous support of the Cruach Trust, the John Younger Trust and the Younger (Benmore) Trust.

David Younger, whose grandfather Harry Younger gave Benmore Estate to the nation in 1929 to become a Forestry School and Botanic Garden, died on 9 January 2012, aged 83. David took a keen and personal interest in the Garden at Benmore all his life and was a Trustee of the Younger (Benmore) Trust. He was a passionate gardener himself and opened
his garden at Eckford, which is close to Benmore, to many groups on a regular basis.

Garden curator Peter Baxter commented: "This is a great opportunity for a young person to come and work in a unique Garden. It is the first Modern Apprenticeship at Benmore and I anticipate a lot of interest from local youngsters who want to carve out a career in horticulture.

"The successful applicant will be joining a team of 11 skilled horticulturists and will get training in all aspects of managing the 120-acre (49 hectare) Garden from the woodland areas and Fernery to herbaceous plantings and the pond. The apprentice's
involvement in day-to-day duties will also be a great asset for the Garden.''

Ideally the successful applicant will be aged between 16 and 19 years, though older applicants up 23 years of age will be considered in line with the Scottish Government's youth employment policy. The successful applicant will be offered an initial two-year Modern Apprenticeship during which time they will attend Oatridge College in West Lothian on block release basis to work towards an SVQ Level 2 in Amenity Horticulture.

At the end of the two years, the successful applicant may also have the opportunity to extend their apprenticeship and go on to undertake an SVQ Level 3 horticultural qualification.

The apprenticeship in amenity horticulture is in memory of David Younger, and has been made possible through the generous support of the Cruach Trust, the John Younger Trust and the Younger (Benmore) Trust.

David Younger, whose grandfather Harry Younger gave Benmore Estate to the nation in 1929 to become a Forestry School and Botanic Garden, died on 9 January 2012, aged 83. David took a keen and personal interest in the Garden at Benmore all his life and was a Trustee of the Younger (Benmore) Trust. He was a passionate gardener himself and opened
his garden at Eckford, which is close to Benmore, to many groups on a regular basis.


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