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Capel Manor College is set to deliver high quality education and training for the prestigious Royal Parks Horticultural Apprenticeship Programme in a new 3 year training programme specifically designed to support horticultural Apprentices.

“Our Royal Parks are vital components of London’s green infrastructure and they significantly contribute to making London one of the world’s finest capital cities and are loved by tourists and Londoner’s alike. The Royal Parks’ Apprentices play an important part in helping maintain and develop the Royal Parks and Capel is delighted to be working with The Royal Parks to continue and enhance their success” says Malcolm Goodwin, Capel’s Principal. “We do not underestimate the importance of this relationship and know it extends our credentials and expertise for supporting green space, parks and zoos across the whole of Greater London.”

Apprentices participating in this Royal Parks Apprenticeship Scheme receive first-hand training at one of the eight Royal Parks in central and Greater London. They will also study for qualifications in the horticultural industry at the College one-day a week receiving tuition and support from their highly knowledgeable and experienced teaching team and attend specialist master classes with experts from The Royal Parks and the Royal Parks Guild.

Dennis Clarke, Head of Park Services, The Royal Parks, said: “We’re pleased to partner with Capel to train our new apprentices – and potentially the park managers of the future. There are an estimated 77 million annual visits to the parks, so it’s vital we train the best new talent to the highest standards to deliver world class horticulture and to continue to provide unparalleled opportunities for enjoyment, exploration and healthy living in the heart of London.”

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Garden Design students at Capel Manor College in Regents Park campus were set a tough task earlier this year to redesign the planting on an area known as The Island which is a popular part of Regents Park and a focal point for visitors to the Rose Wheel.

The re-design project is part of an ongoing collaboration with Provender Nurseries in which garden design students redesign an allocated area using plants only to be found on Provender Nurseries website. Once completed each student gives a 3 minute presentation of their design and then answer questions about their plant choice for 3 minutes to Capel Manor design staff and Liz Hughes of Provender Nurseries.

This year’s designs were judged by Mark Rowe, Assistant Park Manager of Regents Park and Liz Hughes, Marketing Manager at Provender Nurseries. The winner of the design competition is given a cheque for £250.00 by Provender Nurseries.

27 designs were presented with some clever interpretations of The Island and inventive use of social media to promote the venue within Regents Park. The winning design ‘Light and Reflection’ by Tessa Parikian was selected due to the clever use of reflection in the water that added another dimension to the overall planting scheme and stated that the design and plant choice showed ‘an excellent theme, excellent planting and excellent graphics’.

Tessa’s design proposal added structure and opened views across The Island creating a lighter, airy feel. The plant choice gave a very long seasonal interest with focal points throughout. Three Betula utilis var. ‘Jacquemontii’ stand sentinel with the winter sun catching the white bark set against unfurling ferns, snowdrops and primula sin the spring. Dierama, Rheum and Anemones provide height and structure through the later seasons. The use of Stachyrus chinensis ‘Celine’ and Euonymus alatus compactus showed an excellent choice of shrubs. The dense planting enhances light and reflections in the water. The presentation drawings were of excellent quality and showed a great understanding of where The Island is viewed from by most visitors.

Tessa’s background in the creative arts and her lifelong experience of gardening and horticulture has led to her decision to study garden design and will complete her course in November 2017. More of Tessa’s work can be found at Tessa Parikian Garden Design

The winning cheque of £250.00 was presented to Tessa Parikian by Richard McKenna, Managing Director of Provender Nurseries.


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Capel Manor College, London’s leading land based college, has established the London Sports Turf Academy. This initiative developed from an idea from the grounds staff at the capital’s world-class sports venues and in particular Tottenham Hotspur specifically responding to a growing shortage of highly qualified grounds staff especially in London and the home counties.

This month sees the first group of Apprentices join the London Sports Turf Academy and start their journey toward becoming the world’s leading grounds managers. The Apprentices work for many of the leading sports and amenity employers and attend Capel Manor once per week to study the newly-designed Sports Turf Operative Apprenticeship under the guidance of Martin Stanton, London Sports Turf Academy Manager. When the Apprentices complete their training, they may have the opportunity to join an Elite Sports Turf Academy directly supported by London’s elite sports clubs.

“We see enormous potential in the London Sports Turf Academy”, says Malcolm Goodwin, College Principal. “Grounds management is an internationally important career and can be hugely rewarding and hugely exciting. Working alongside leading sports clubs such as Tottenham Hotspur Football Club and major sporting venues including Twickenham and Wentworth Golf Club, our Academy Apprentices will benefit from the first-hand experience of the very best grounds staff in the UK and access to the finest facilities, equipment and learning resources. This will ensure that the London Sports Turf Academy Apprentices have the finest possible start to their careers.”

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Designed by industry and only recently approved by government, we are delighted to be at the forefront of delivering this programme. Already, 19 employers, including Bartletts who led on its development and Kew Gardens, have signed employees onto the course this autumn.
Having collaborated with the Trailblazer Group in its design over the past 2 years the college team is now excited to be enrolling the first tranche of what promises to be the most highly qualified young tree surgeons the UK arborist industry has ever had.

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Our horticulture team have been very busy today, lifting 37 varieties of potatoes for the Thompson & Morgan UK Potato Trial Press Day.
Prior to planting by our Level 1 Seasonal Gardener students on 24 May, the seed potatoes were ‘chitted’ to allow them to sprout.

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