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The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has revealed that it is opening up its new qualifications to the public.
Designed to cater for everyone from the complete novice to the garden and greenhouse professional, a range of courses are available.
The idea is to help the UK’s growers recruit the skills they need to be a success in their horticultural plans, whether they involve a basic vegetable plot or dramatic landscaped area.
Working in conjunction with colleges across the UK and Ireland, the RHS has options for part-time study in the evenings or daytime, as well as offering courses through distance learning.
Those wishing to pick up basic practical skills should look at the Level 1 courses, which develop the fundamentals of gardening.
The Level 2 courses look at the theory behind growing and cover more specialised topics, such as garden planning, establishment and maintenance.
Interested parties are encouraged to get more information from the RHS website.
Meanwhile, the organisation recently stated that there is only a very low risk of catching legionnaires’ disease from potting compost.