The ever-expanding Green Corridor “Dig, Plant, Grow” team now has 12 learners, all dedicated and passionate about practical horticulture with our great tutors Mark and Collin. The group is a mixed gender, age and ability group that supports and welcomes all learners with a whole range of disabilities and challenges.
Summer harvest is nearly over and our Entry Level, Level 1 and Level 2 are now well into their practical horticultural qualifications. Each week the team is on-site learning new skills in our plots such as pruning, planting in drills and potting up for the winter. They are also helping the DHL Community team with the “Fruitful Futures” project, building raised beds out of recycled material, constructing a net cover and planting the dwarf fruit trees. You can find out more about the DHL Community fund and the project here.
On a Tuesday, the team are off-site on a work experience placement. Here they can experience the types of work done by private gardeners in homes all around the country. The skills learnt here are very different to those learnt in our plots so this is a great chance to add to their ever-expanding portfolio. Currently the team are clearing back overgrown shrubs, clearing rubble and laying turf. The team are loving the experience so a big thank you to the lovely garden owners who are letting our learners transform their gardens!
The team are off-site again on a Thursday, this time jumping in the van and heading over to Headstone Manor Park, Harrow. Here the team are volunteering their time and gaining new experiences at the same time. In Harrow, they are clearing the pathways, stripping out the hedgerows between the park and the nursery and pruning back some trees ready for the Winter. This is hard work but they are doing a fantastic job so feel free to say “Hi” if you’re in the park on a Thursday.
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If you want to join the “Dig, Plant, Grow” team and gain a practical horticulture qualification at the same time please contact Jo at email@example.com or on 01753 687236.