Commercial nursery grows the rising stars of the future

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Johnsons of Whixley, one of the UK’s leading commercial nurseries, has announced the latest crop of delegates to join its Growing Stars leadership programme. The business, that celebrates its centenary next year, first launched the Growing Stars programme five years ago. The aim is to develop the skillset of existing staff members, enabling them to one day take on a … Read More

Preparing for a landscape job Interview by Stephen Ensell

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Getting the call that you have been shortlisted for the landscape job and they want an interview brings two emotions, excitement that you have got this far, and the onset of nerves that you got this far! But remember, you beat most of the competition and they liked your CV. but, you are only half way there, now you have … Read More

BALI student wins two awards at Belvoir Castle Flower & Garden Show

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Pollinators, Habitat and Cut Flowers. That was the aim of ‘The Feast Garden’ Designed by Amber Hine of Hine Garden Design LTD for the Belvoir Castle Flower and Garden Show 2020, the only garden show so far this year which has contained show gardens. Winning two awards in her first show, Best in Show and Professionals Choice, it is a … Read More

The CV, still alive and kicking

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“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” – Thomas Edison A CV (Curriculum Vitae), or résumé, is still the most popular way of applying for a job or approaching an employer. Even if you are applying through an online application process, your CV will still be the basis for your application. … Read More

Landscape and horticulture apprenticeships explained, by Stephen Ensell

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“Always two there are, no more no less. A master and an apprentice” – Yoda In our last blog on education, I promised we would have a closer look at apprenticeships. Apprenticeships have been around since the mid 1500’s and while they saw a decline through the 90’s with the rise of post-16 education, they certainly are not like they … Read More

Hadlow College Student Progression at Provender Nurseries

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After working closely with the potting on and growing of hardy nursery stock Provender Nurseries are delighted to have taken on two Hadlow College students on a part-time basis.   The two students work under Stuart Tickner, the Nursery Manager and are working with the nursery team undertaking general nursery work and learning new skills.  Working within the existing nursery team … Read More

We don’t need no education by Stephen Ensell

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“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” – Malcolm X There is often a clear distinction between those that enjoyed school and those that couldn’t wait to leave, but many that dislike education go on to enjoy college, university and apprenticeships, that still have an element of learning. I certainly … Read More

Top five landscaping skills by Stephen Ensell

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‘Tis skill, not strength, that governs a ship’ – Thomas Fuller. The landscape industry offers careers that cover a wide skill set, but this can be a double-edged sword, it means you have variety in your role, but also, you have a lot of skills to learn and perfect. You won’t be expected to learn them all straight away, and … Read More

Chelsea Pensioners and horticultural apprentices get innovative about working together during COVID-19

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The Royal Hospital Chelsea has been the iconic location of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show for over 100 years. To celebrate the connection with the Show and to underline our commitment to our own historic Gardens as well as the Horticulture industry in general, we have teamed up with the Royal Parks Guild to launch a new, intergenerational initiative called … Read More

Green light for four new industry apprenticeships

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The Insitute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IFATE) has given the industry approval to start development on four new apprenticeships; Arboriculturist, Horticulture Technical Manager, Professional Arboriculturist and Professional Forester.  These apprenticeships will be suitable for a wide range of roles including tree officers, arboricultural consultants, head gardeners, forest managers, greenspace/horticulture and landscape managers. This is an exciting development for the arboriculture, forestry … Read More

Funding removal for courses with lower numbers

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It was announced last week that more than 5,000 courses were under review because they had either less than 100 students or no students at all studying them each year. The plans were announced by Education Secretary Gavin Williamson MP, citing that it: “will make it easier for students to choose the qualifications that are in demand and help them … Read More

What landscape employers are really looking for by Stephen Ensell

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Landscaping jobs,Men Putting Slabs Down

Many landscaping companies have changed the way they recruit people and what they are primarily looking for. The focus is now more on attributes and behaviours than just industry skills, believing that if a candidate exhibits the right attributes and behaviours they can learn and develop their technical skills. It is not the strongest or most intelligent who will survive … Read More

Greenscape Gardens champions Apprentice Max

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In recognition of National Apprenticeship Week 2020 #NAW2020, GoLandscape would like to introduce you to Max. Max is currently undertaking a Level 2 Landscape Operative apprenticeship through BALI Training Provider member YMCA Training. Day to day he works for BALI Registered Contractor Greenscape Gardens, receiving on the job training, whilst working as and developing the many skills of a landscaper. … Read More

Landscaping overseas with the Young Landscapers Exchange Program

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Ever wondered what landscaping looks like in another country? Would you like to travel and meet other landscapers, learn how they work, experience a different culture, widen your circle of friends and share your own knowledge? The European Landscape Contractors Association (ELCA) is offering an opportunity for young landscapers to travel and experience landscaping in another part of the world. … Read More

Young Horticulturist of the Year 2020 underway

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The Chartered Institute of Horticulture (CIoH) are delighted to be able to announce that the Young Horticulturist of the Year 2020 (YHOY 2020) competition is now underway and the Grand Final will be at the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh’s Logan Botanic Garden, near Stranraer in Dumfries and Galloway on May 2nd 2020. This beautiful garden, whose climate is strongly influenced … Read More

GoLandscape launches video series promoting industry careers

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Introducing GoLandscape’s new video series! Over the next few weeks, we will share a new talking heads film in collaboration with landscape contractor Maylim, providing insight into the real world of landscaping and identifying the many career opportunities available. In our first video, featuring Soft Landscaper Jordan Lee, we learn more about this particular role and what it’s like working … Read More

Developing your personal brand by Stephen Ensell

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We associate branding with companies trying to sell us something, think of a symbol (Nike), a design (Apple), a name (Amazon), a sound (Formula 1 car, Intel processor, Xbox 360 startup), these are all brands, but it’s the people behind them that deliver on the brands’ promises. So, what about you…as a brand? Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is … Read More

How to successfully change career by Stephen Ensell

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I’m sure you have been asked that question, ‘What is your dream job?’. How many of us are actually employed in a dream job! Surely the more realistic question is, ‘Are you enjoying what you do at the moment?’. If you’re employed in the UK, the reality is most of us will end up working for a very long time, … Read More

It’s never too late to change…

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Thinking about changing careers and entering the exciting world of landscaping, but nervous about making the jump? Here’s Paul’s story, which will hopefully inspire you to take the plunge. “I have just received an unconditional offer from the University of West Scotland to begin the path to a degree. The deal-breaker was a Higher Qualification of Geography which I studied … Read More