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Horticulture

Work in partnership with Wakefield Council at the Thornes Park Nursery

Horticulture at Wakefield College

Enjoy working outside rather than in a classroom? Prefer practical tasks to exams? Then a horticulture course could be for you.

Working in a realistic working environment you will learn the tasks needed to gain the qualification you will be working in small groups on projects to develop and maintain a large garden area. Projects carried out recently include: building a pond, laying paths and patios, designing and planting an orchard, clearing and starting a fruit tunnel, building raised beds, building garden walls, putting up a polytunnel, making a large winter bed, planting a native hedge, building bird nest boxes and starting a wildflower meadow. You will also learn how to create new planting areas, grow fruits and vegetables, grow plants from seeds and cuttings, planting bulbs and planting container and hanging basket displays.

Working in a team you will build confidence, social skills, ability to work independently and use a wide range of tools.

Horticulture provides a wide range of employment opportunities in such places as gardens, garden centres, nurseries, public gardens, garden maintenance and landscaping and can be a route into an apprenticeship.

Key Points
  • No formal exams
  • Focus on outside practical work
  • Multiple working visits to places such as RHS Harlow Carr, Helmsley Walled Garden, Sheffield Botanic Garden
  • Group work placement activities with Wakefield Countryside Team and Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
  • Working in partnership with Wakefield Council at our Horticulture facility and garden in Thornes Park
  • Any of the other key points already on there that we want to keep
I don’t particularly enjoy being in the classroom so this course was ideal for me.
Jason
Horticulture

What’s New

Catch up with the latest news and events in Horticulture at Wakefield College...
Tree planting project commenced at Thornes Park horticulture site

Wednesday, 08 April, 2020

Wakefield College’s horticulture department received 100 native trees last month to be planted as a hedge around the newly established orchard at the Thornes Park horticulture site.

Case Studies

What our students say about us...
I don’t particularly enjoy being in the classroom so this course was ideal for me.
Jason Haigh
Level 1 Diploma in Work-Based Horticulture
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The Feed

Blooming marvellous!

Our students have begun planting 9000 bulbs amongst the herbaceous perennials in The Hepworth Wakefield Garden which will provide some wonderful spring colour. 🌷🌹🌼

Horticulture
8 November, 2019
Horticulture students plant new bulbs at The Hepworth
Horticulture students plant new bulbs at The Hepworth

On 22 October 2019, our Horticulture students were helping to plant some of the 9,000 bulbs at The Hepworth Wakefield's new garden.

Students…

Horticulture
22 October, 2019
Garden Transformation
Garden Transformation

Students from Wakefield College brought smiles to the faces of residents at a local care home after they helped transform their garden and recreational area. Students from the construction team built several raised flower beds whilst art students transformed outside walls with murals at the Hazel…

Horticulture
10 September, 2019
Garden developments
Garden developments

Pictures of the garden developments over the academic year 2018-19.

Horticulture
23 May, 2019
Sheffield Botanical Gardens visit
Sheffield Botanical Gardens visit

Level 1 and Level 2 horticulture students trip to Sheffield Botanical Gardens.

Horticulture
19 April, 2019

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