Since October 2016 I have been the Lecturer in Horticulture for Wakefield College, where I deliver City and Guilds level one and two in Practical Horticulture.
I also work for and am a member of Incredible Edible Wakefield. I deliver a gardening club at Outwood Memorial Hall, Wakefield on a Tuesday morning.
Over the last twelve months I have delivered some freelance training for Thrive and was delighted to be invited to speak to the Horticultural Therapy Students at Coventry University.
In 2013 I was awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship to travel to Canada and the USA to study and compare the development of horticultural therapy and it’s professionalism in North America. More information about the Fellowship and for a free download of my report please visit:
For seven years I was employed as a horticultural therapist with the South West Yorkshire NHS Foundation Trust (SWYPFT), England. I worked within a multi-disciplinary team at a specialist assessment and treatment centre for adults with learning disabilities. I worked on various Trust wide projects, such as the Caring Garden. I also delivered training to other professionals on how to use horticulture as a beneficial activity. In September 2016 I was made redundant from SWYT as the learning disability service went through it’s transformation.
Unfortunately the horticultural therapy page at SWYPFT has been removed, which is a shame, as even though some of the information has changed it demonstrated the benefits of horticulture within a mental health and learning disability service.
There is an article still remaining regarding the Churchill Fellowship award:
I hold a BSc (Hons) Degree in Health and Environment from the University of Huddersfield, RHS Level 2 Certificate, PGCE (Secondary) Science from Liverpool Hope University and the Professional Development Diploma in Social and Therapeutic Horticulture which was awarded by Coventry University in conjunction with Thrive.
For more information about horticulture at Wakefield College please visit:
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The views expressed on this blog are my own opinion and are not linked or should be considered the views of Wakefield College, Incredible Edible, Thrive or South West Yorkshire NHS Foundation Trust.