Homebase reveals garden trainees

Nineteen young people have beaten more than 1,300 candidates for a place on the Homebase Garden Academy training programme.


Now in its second year, the scheme will run for 12 months and offer young people an opportunity to develop their gardening skills, in addition to working alongside gardener designer Adam Frost, including at Chelsea Flower Show 2015.

Over the next year the students will spend time learning from Frost about garden planning and design, working with garden suppliers to develop detailed product knowledge covering planting and landscaping and learn practical horticultural skills to earn them a RHS Level 1 Award qualification.

All the students will also be working full-time at their local Homebase store.

Shane North (20), who will be based at Homebase Penge, said: "I’m thrilled to be given the opportunity to turn my passion into a career. I’ve always loved gardening and being outdoors, so I can’t wait to get started."

Frost said: "This is the second year we have run the Garden Academy training programme, and I’m delighted to be involved again in such a rewarding scheme.

"Attracting young people into careers in gardening is increasingly challenging. By working with Homebase, we have the opportunity to do something special and inspire the next generation of gardeners.

Homebase garden trading director Matthew Compton said: "As one of the UK’s leading garden retailers, we are committed to championing horticulture as a great career choice, and we are excited to welcome our second intake of Garden Academy students to what we know will be a great start to their careers."

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