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This short course is designed to introduce you to the world of horticulture either with a view to taking up a career in the horticulture industry or furthering your knowledge in the garden.

During your five weeks you will be introduced to some of the commonly required skills in horticulture such as seed sowing and ground preparations. You will gain an insight into other areas that you may wish to learn more about and progress onto further qualifications in the field.

Course code:  HOP036 (Stanmer Park) 

Entry Requirements:

No entry requirements but you must have an interest in the subject. 

Steel toe capped boots are required for this course.

Dates & Location:


17th April- 15th May 2018

29th May- 26th June 2018

3rd July- 31st July 2018

Time: 10.00- 15.00

Campus: Stanmer 


1 day a week for 5 weeks


Learning Level: Level 1 

Aged 16 - 18£0
Aged 19 - 23 and do not hold a level 2 qualification in any subject£0
Aged 19 – 23 and holds a level 2 + qualification in any subject£185
Aged 24+ (on the first day of the course)£185
Unemployed, looking for work and on state benefit£0


Our horticulture facilities at Plumpton are pretty impressive. In fact you’ll get to experience one of the finest natural locations in the country, perfect for developing your creativity. Whether indoors or outdoors, you’ll be able to build your skills in an excellent environment.

  • Discover our extensively planted areas on-site at Plumpton

As you build your knowledge, you’ll be able to gain a wide experience of being able to identify and maintain different plants.

  • Experience our endangered plant collections at first hand

You’ll be able to experience our Black Poplars and National collection of Hebes, in addition to our endangered plant network connection with Kew Gardens.

  • Grow plants all year round here

We’ve got an excellent large area under glass where you’ll be able to grow plants without the risk of the weather, up to a commercial level.

  • Build even more skills at Plumpton

You’ll be able to develop your brickwork skills and paving at our large landscaping centre.

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