Celeste pruning the ramblers
Melanie digging a hslf moon hole for tree planting
Melanie cutting the hedge in the Rose Garden
Melanie working in the rockery
Celeste pruning the Wisteria on the house]]>
The qualification – LANTRA LEVEL THREE HERITAGE HORTICULTUJRE AWARD – has been developed by HHSS (Heritage Horticulture Skills Scheme) and is a practical and hands-on qualification for specialists in heritage horticulture.
It is the first award of its kind designed to combine a real understanding of plant life and gardening with a thorough knowledge of history and heritage.
HHSS itself is a five year initiative which will come to a close in August 2016. It has seven member gardens across Wales which have given hands-on heritage horticulture training to more than 60 people – many of whom have gone on to get jobs in key locations across the UK, including National Trust and English Heritage sites.
The qualification has been created to highlight the practical skills of heritage horticulturalists and will be available to gardeners across the UK from this spring onwards. It is hoped that the newly developed award will stand as HHSS’s legacy to the sector providing a meaningful and valued offering to heritage horticulture professionals.
The HHSS team have chosen the high-profile platform of the RHS Malvern Spring Festival as a launch pad for the award in order to reach as many people as possible.
As one of the key sponsors of the 2015 show, HHSS launched the new qualification in the presence of celebrity chef and heritage enthusiast Raymond Blanc at the show’s festival theatre on the morning of Thursday 7 May.
We also hosted a dedicated graduation ceremony for trainees with special guest Carol Klein on Saturday 9 May. HHSS had a large stand in the Get Going, Get Growing area of the show where current trainees showcased their work to visitors. They also gave daily demonstrations on the main stage of the Festival Theatre.
Andrew Dixey, chairman of HHSS, said: “The skills required to be a professional heritage horticulturalist at the top of your game are specific and specialist. To preserve and enhance heritage horticulture of the future, we require highly trained gardeners who are experts in both the theory and practice of the art. This new qualification achieves just this and we hope that in the future employers in the sector set the qualification as benchmark for recruitment.”
LANTRA LEVEL 3 HERITAGE HORTICULTURE AWARD is being positioned as an A Level standard qualification and is available across the UK and Europe. It is hoped that in time it will become an international standard in heritage horticulture.
To register for the qualification, the cost is around £100 per person. Trainees are expected to undertake around 80 hours of guided learning and assessment over a period of up to three months at a sponsoring site of heritage horticulture interest. They will be trained and assessed at their place of work (or where they volunteer) and will be required to submit a workbook on their key projects evidencing their skills and accomplishments with video, diary and photographic evidence. It is awarded by LANTRA and is accredited by the Credit and Qualifications Framework for Wales – as such it is recognised internationally and transferable around Europe.
We plan to launch our Virtual Learning Environment later this year
To apply for the qualification email info@HHSS.co.uk]]>