One day left to apply for the next Homebase Garden Academy

There is just one more day left to apply to join this year's Homebase Garden Academy.

The retailer has doubled the number of places available on the year-long programme to 24 and says interest has been strong.

Five times more people have applied so far compared to last year.

The Garden Academy was set up between Homebase and award-winning garden designer Adam Frost to help raise the profile of a career in horticulture and inspire talent of the future. 

Participants are given work in a local Homebase store and spend time learning about retail, planting and landscaping while working towards a Royal Horticultural Society Level 1 Award. They also benefit from workshops with Frost. The first academy group worked with him on this year’s Homebase show garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Frost said: ""I’m increasingly worried that our next generation of young people are not connecting with what’s outside their back door.

"This is not only a social issue, but increasingly a challenge for our industry as young people are not excited by careers in gardening.

"I’ve been really inspired by what this year’s Garden Academy students have achieved – especially putting all of the skills they’ve learnt into practice by helping to build the Homebase show garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

"The Academy is a great opportunity for people from different backgrounds to come together to share their passion for the outdoors and develop it into a career." 

Homebase head of garden Matthew Compton said the academy’s first year had been a great success and offered a great foot on the ladder for the next generation of gardeners.

Applicants must be at least 16 and have a passion for gardening, but do not need qualifications or a lot of gardening experience.

Garden Academy graduates are also guaranteed a job at their local store at the end of their training.



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