Sixty students who gained Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) qualifications at Reaseheath this year have celebrated their achievements at an awards ceremony.
Mirroring the national trend, around half are professional horticulturists furthering their development while the remainder are career changers and keen leisure gardeners.
Reaseheath is recognised as the leading RHS training and examination centre in the north west and students currently travel from as far as the Wirral, Manchester, Bolton and Shrewsbury to attend courses. This year 90 students with a wide age range are enrolled.
Reaseheath offers separate theory and practical qualifications at both Level 2 and Level 3. Once both awards are achieved they convert into a well respected RHS Level 2 or Level 3 Diploma in the Principles and Practices of Horticulture.
RHS students complete a minimum of 430 learning hours to achieve the diploma. Apart from attending lectures they take part in practical activities in the college grounds and also play a key role in building our show gardens at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park.
They also enjoy trips to outstanding local gardens and many will join a study tour of the leading gardens and horticultural centres in Holland next Spring.
Congratulating the students, Curriculum Area Manager for Horticulture Sarah Hopkinson said: “These qualifications demand a lot of individual input and the final exams are very stringent. This is why they are so well recognised and respected in the industry. You and your lecturers have put in tremendous effort and you should all be very proud of your achievements.”
RHS Master of Horticulture Harry Delaney, who taught the students before recently retiring, also attended the ceremony.
Reaseheath offers the RHS Level 2 and Level 3 Certificates in Horticulture (theory and practical) as weekly daytime courses and an additional RHS Level 2 Certificate in Horticulture (theory only) as an evening course.