Course information

In Horticulture and Grounds Maintenance, learners will develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours to progress into paid employment, supported employment or volunteering. These skills help to promote and develop their independence.

Learners on this pathway will gain knowledge about horticulture, conservation, and ground maintenance. They develop industry skills such as sowing seeds, planting trees, propagating and using tools safely. Learners help run a 60ft greenhouse, large vegetable patch and also help maintain our college grounds and woodlands at Petty Pool. We also have a tree nursery which grows trees from sapling, ready for planting. Learners are responsible for producing industry-standard hanging baskets, pots and other plant-based products for our on-site community shop, The Railway Shed. 

“I enjoy my work experience because I like working with new people and learning new skills.”

On the Horticulture and Grounds Maintenance pathway, learners will develop an understanding of some of the following areas;

  • Health and Safety
  • Soil Preparation
  • Tool safety
  • Maintaining an area
  • Identifying a range of plants
  • Industry standard
  • Customer Service

Learners on this pathway gain both internal and external work placements at employers such as The Joshua Tree, The Hollies and Hartford allotments.