Tag: horticulture

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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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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Level 3 Diploma students planting 37 different varieties of seed potatoes supplied by Thompson & Morgan as part of a trial.

Throughout the growing season the potatoes will be earthed up, watered and monitored for any pest/disease.

There will be Judging and a press day in July, where the potatoes will be lifted by variety, cooked and tasted by members from the RHS and Thompson & Morgan.

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Check out our design for this year’s Young Gardeners of the Year competition at the 2017 Ideal Home Show.

The garden is designed to inspire the homeowners and passers-by on what can be achieved in the front garden of a home.

By removing the physical boundary (front wall, fence or garden gate) this opens up our urban front gardens both visually and physically to the pedestrian passers-by. The fence panels create an open airy feel that reduces visual impact of a boundary allowing rainwater and air to pass through unimpeded.

The key central copper curve is based upon inspiration from the ‘Golden Section Spiral’ designed to draw you through the garden on a journey to the front door.

The clever use of a staggered pathway gives the illusion that the garden is wider and is also interplanted creating rhythm and movement whilst also softening the edges.

One side of the linear paving is staggered whilst the other side flows along the sensuous curvature of the spiral copper wall which reflect light and brightens up the garden creating a spectacular welcome home – a metaphor for the contrasting combination of the hard concrete urban jungle and the free flowing nature of the planting.

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Congratulations to Hannah Schlotter, one of our former Level 3 Horticulture students as a finalist in the Garden Media Guild Awards for best new talent of 2016 for her Grow Wild role.

Hannah with Grow Wild Programme Manager Philip Turvil at the GMG Awards last night.

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