College inspires gardeners with new rose garden

A Wiltshire college has taken it upon itself to help inspire local gardeners by providing a new learning environment for its horticulture students.

Staff from Palmer Gardens in Trowbridge helped Wiltshire College Lackham create the area, which will help students and encourage locals to get out into their own gardens and greenhouses.

College manager Mark Bradbury said that the garden was the perfect addition to a college that already has a national collection of anemones.

"We very much want to further enhance the established gardens, which are open for the public to enjoy," he said.

"The fact that the college students can use the creation as part of their training is a wonderful bonus, especially as our ethos is to provide training to help people move towards employment."

Not only will the rose garden provide a learning environment for the colleges horticulture students, it will also be used by the Shaw Trust, which runs Palmer Gardens and provides training opportunities for disadvantaged people.

Wales Online recently reported that BBC Radio 2s Terry Walton has formed a new horticultural society, called Drive, which provides support for people with learning disabilities.