The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) in Cornwall has had a bumper year for their qualifications being run at a horticulturally respected site in West Cornwall.
In February this year Duchy College Rosewarne launched, for the first time, a Level 1 course to entice beginners into the industry which was met with great success. The College is now offering the opportunity to study Level 1 again in February 2020, alongside their popular RHS Level 2 and Level 3 courses, all operating on a part-time basis.
Sarah Anthony, Team Lead for Horticulture at the beautiful 100 acre site at Rosewarne, explained; “We are the only place in Cornwall where keen gardeners and people wishing to improve their horticultural knowledge can gain an RHS qualification. Our team of experts has combined horticulture industry experience of over 100 years!
Duchy College Rosewarne is a perfect location for horticulture with our vast, mature grounds. We have students of all ages and backgrounds coming to study on our RHS qualifications as they are part-time courses.”
Duchy College Rosewarne first ran the RHS courses over 20 years ago at the campus where there are now over 800 RHS alumni. One of the students who studied the RHS Level 2 Practical Horticulture and Principles qualifications was Amanda Pyne who works in the film industry in finance and business.
Amanda, 51 from Goldsithney, explained; “I have been working in film for over 20 years and it’s a very interesting job and although I do go to film festivals, such as Cannes, it’s not always that glamorous for me. I have to go to a lot of meetings but occasionally I get to dress up and go to a red carpet premiere which is always fun.
My interest for horticulture started when I bought my first house and I have strived to become a better gardener. The courses have been so interesting and have helped me achieve this but more so it helps me relieve the stress of a busy life.”
Amanda received the highest grades possible from her exams in the summer with four Pass Commendations and has moved from studying Level 2 courses to the higher level of Level 3.
Sarah continued; “With the Level 1 course there are no formal entry requirements just an interest and enthusiasm for plants and gardening. The course will take place every Friday for 20 weeks from February 2020. Students will get to work in our glass houses, plant science labs and within our extensive grounds. This course is ideal for those who would like to work outdoors, perhaps want to start a new career in horticulture or who are just looking to gain a baseline knowledge.”