Posted Thursday January 16, 2020 by Melissa Reilly

Castlebank Horticultural Centre in Lanark will soon be offering horticultural qualifications through the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS).

The RHS was founded in 1804, and the organisation’s core objective is to be the world’s leading gardening charity by inspiring passion and excellence in the science, art and practice of horticulture. The RHS’ guiding principles are to: Inspire, Involve, Inform and Improve.

Castlebank Horticultural Centre will be offering the ‘RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture’. This qualification is designed for individuals wanting a route to employment in professional horticulture or further development. The theory-based qualification helps learners by assessing their knowledge of the principles which underpin horticultural practices. The qualification is comprised of two certificates:

  • RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance
  • RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth, Health and Applied Propagation

The qualification will be delivered at Castlebank Horticultural Centre from 21st September 2020. The Horticultural Centre features a recently renovated Community Hub building and a community growing area with multiple raised beds and polytunnels. Students will have the chance to enhance their theoretical learning by viewing practical demonstrations or undertaking practical activities within the Horticultural Centre or wider area of Castlebank Park.

The qualification will be taught by Castlebank Horticultural Centre’s Educational Gardener, a post which is funded through the National Lottery Community Fund.

There are no entry requirements for the course and each unit is assessed by examinations which take place in February and June. The course will run one day a week for est 30 weeks.

Places on the course will be limited. To register interest in the course and be sent more detailed information including prices, please email or call 01555 728 329.



We are also offering one young person the chance to be awarded a fully funded bursary to complete the course. Click here for the Bursary application form.

To find out more about Castlebank Horticultural Centre, please visit this web page.

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