Young people learn horticultural skills

Published 15 July 2016

Young people across the district are learning key workplace skills thanks to a new joint initiative between the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), WDH and local partners.

A group of nine 16 to 25-year-olds recently completed work at Hatfeild Court Independent Living Scheme in Wakefield city centre as part of a six-week ‘Grow your space’ project, in which participants worked with residents to improve a communal space.

Having been selected through Prospects’ Talent Match scheme, which aims to support young jobless people into employment, the group helped residents create a sensory garden, from planning the design solution to completing all the agreed work.

To celebrate learners’ achievements an event took place on 13 July. Participants received a certificate of skills and attendance, and also heard from inspirational speakers who have established successful horticultural careers within WDH and other businesses.


Speaking about WDH’s involvement Tim Craven, Social Investment Manager, said:

“We’re delighted to be supporting this fantastic initiative, which complements our existing work in the community. By coupling our strong community links and abundance of green space with the RHS’s horticultural skills programme we can support even more young people to improve both their employability and personal development.”

Sarah-Jane Mason, RHS’s Regional Development Officer, said:

“We are thrilled to be working on this exciting new project with WDH. The workshops are designed to up skill residents and stimulate interest in their local environment and green spaces, encouraging WDH residents to garden at home or become involved in wider community gardening initiatives.”

The RHS and WDH are currently working together to deliver a series of five practical learning programmes which cover growing plants to sell, growing produce to eat, and developing ideas that can be used to improve local community spaces.

To register an interest in future sessions contact Diane Atkinson on 01977 788825 or by emailing: dianeatkinson@wdh.co.uk

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