Scottish trust garden secures RHS training recognition

The RHS has awarded accreditation as an approved qualifications centre to gardens owned and managed by the MacRobert Trust at Cromar in Aberdeenshire.

The trust provides a charitable grant towards the study and practice of horticulture within the gardens department. Up to four trainees are awarded a place each year and are paid a salary and given accommodation.

Trust head of gardens Stephen McCallum said: "There is a general misconception that anyone can buy a few tools and trade as a gardener, which is far from the truth.

"A successful career as a professional gardener takes years of training and requires the development of a sound understanding of the science and art of horticulture, as well as a broad range of practised gardening skills.

"We introduced training and assessment towards SVQ Horticulture levels 1, 2 and 3 and are delighted that we are now able to offer the same towards RHS qualifications in practical gardening levels 1 and 2," McCallum added.

"Studies towards the RHS principles of horticulture can be undertaken as distance learning and all of these certificates are well recognised. Together with a year of practical experience, our trainees are well equipped to progress in their chosen direction".

For further details, email douneside@ifb.co.uk.


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