Homebase apprentices visit Mr Fothergill's

Mr Fothergill's recently played host to a group of students from the Homebase Garden Academy, which aims to provide a grounding for young people interested in a career in horticulture.

Homebase apprentices
Homebase apprentices

They were given a tour by technical manager Tracy Collacott of the Suffolk seedsman's trial grounds, where potential new introductions and existing varieties are assessed by the company's experts, and its seed testing laboratory, where levels of germination and purity are determined. 

Production director Jeremy Sharp showed the group round the seed packeting area and discussed quality assurance procedures, while logistics manager James Nutt gave an insight into the despatch area, revealing that in the past 12 months his team has used 8,000 cartons, 60,000 staples and 8km of parcel tape in sending out retail orders.  The company's commercial director Tim Jeffries gave the students a presentation on marketing.

The Homebase Garden Academy is a 12-month scheme which gives those interested in horticulture the opportunity to work full-time in a Homebase store while receiving hands-on training and encouragement.  It is run in partnership with garden designer Adam Frost.  Successful students attain the Royal Horticultural Society's Level One award in practical horticulture and a City and Guilds-accredited garden licence.

Mr Fothergill's says it welcomes visits from staff of its retailers who wish to gain a greater understanding of the garden seed trade.


Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus
Follow us on:
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Google +
Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

Are you a landscape supplier?

Horticulture Week Landscape Project Leads

If so, you should be receiving our new service for Horticulture Week subscribers delivering landscape project leads from live, approved, planning applications across the UK.