Shovelling in the experience

Between September and Christmas last year I was working at Merrist Wood College horticultural and nursery unit. It has been a great place to cut my teeth on horticultural skills and ask stupid questions and probably make a few mistakes without worrying too much about it. I was there to learn as much as possible from those who really know their stuff. It was with a heavy heart that I decided to look for work experience closer to home. As much as I am fuelled by an eagerness to learn all things plant related, my car is not. My budget is fine for the three days I need to be at college for lessons. On the plus side, I still see the team on those days too.

I could not believe my luck when a volunteer position became available just down the road from me. For the past month I’ve been working at Hampton Court Palace Gardens one day a week. It has been great and now I am half way through my National Diploma in Horticulture, I feel much more confident in a gardens environment. I have been made to feel very welcome and I am well on my way to completing the 300 hours work experience necessary for the course. I still have a spare day in the week plus weekends to complete coursework. I felt I was all set. Then I received an invitation. Continue reading

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