The MacRobert Trust gardens have been officially accredited as a Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) ‘Qualifications Approved Learning Centre’ following a recent visit by Mr Stephen Morphew of the RHS gardens of Wisley.
This accreditation is the first of its kind in Scotland and is a significant achievement for The Trust.
Mr Morphew was highly impressed by The Trust’s unique gardens and the exciting opportunities offered for students to train in horticultural principles and practice.
The Trust’s Head of Gardens, Mr Stephen McCallum, said:
“There is a general misconception that anyone can buy a few tools and trade as a gardener, which is far from the truth.
“A successful career as a professional gardener takes years of training and study, and requires the development of a sound understanding of the science and art of horticulture, as well as a broad range of thoroughly practiced gardening skills.
“We are very pleased to have recently introduced training and assessment towards SVQ Horticulture Levels 1, 2 and 3, which is carried out entirely in-house, and are delighted that we are now able to offer the same towards RHS qualifications in practical gardening Levels 1 and 2.”
This accreditation is extremely good news for The Trust and its Horticultural Training Scheme.