Students at the Lady Ryder Memorial Garden in Parmoor, near Frieth, are blossoming. All eight passed
Students at the Lady Ryder Memorial Garden in Parmoor, near Frieth, are blossoming. All eight passed their City and Guilds level 1 in horticulture. They were awarded their certificates at a ceremony at the garden which they help maintain with staff volunteers.
Most of the students come from unprivileged and disadvantaged backgrounds, with little or no previous education, so this is a tremendous achievement by all of them. During the time they spend at the garden, they receive support and help, learning how to operate as part of a team, which builds their self-confidence. They also learn horticulture skills. Lady Parmoor, a member of the walled garden committee, said: “We are extremely proud of all our students, who have achieved such great things, both here in the garden and in their horticultural studies. We are very thankful to Scotts Miracle-Gro, who provide support, including psychological, for the students. They supply us with composts, soil improvers and plant feeds. We couldn’t carry on our valuable work without the help from all our supporters.”