jamesjones_2015_16James Jones, who won the SWGS Sponsored Scholarship of £1,500, while completing a level 2 Apprentice in Horticulture course at Bicton College, shares his news since receiving the scholarship. James is also an apprentice at a nursey near Tavistock in Devon and has a keen interest in Production Horticulture.

James has been busy making the most of his scholarship; this is what he’s been up to:

“With the scholarship I have bought a new set of work clothes as well as some new equipment. This has enabled me to do some smaller horticultural jobs, from mowing the lawn to digging out a pond/aquatic habitat, which has given me valuable work practice.

It has also enabled me to achieve my spraying PA6aw course and get a spray suit and some books such as the illustrated dictionary of gardening and a Collins tree identification. I am now fully qualified for both PA1 and PA6aw which means I can spray herbicides and pesticides safely and legally. I am excited to put another qualification on my CV and be able to bring this into my work duties.

I am interested in getting my dry stone walling qualification as well as tree survey, and pests and diseases. Having such qualifications will in the long run make me more employable when it is time for me to make progress in my career.

I have also taken the opportunity to visit a few different gardens such as The Eden project, Knighthayes, Powderham castle and Bicton gardens. I also plan to visit Lanhydrock gardens, Cotehele gardens, Glendurgan gardens and Antony house.”