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Work in partnership with Wakefield Council at the Thornes Park Nursery

Horticulture at Wakefield College

Enjoy working outside rather than in a classroom? Prefer practical tasks to exams? Then a horticulture course could be for you.

Working in a realistic working environment you will learn the tasks needed to gain the qualification you will be working in small groups on projects to develop and maintain a large garden area. Projects carried out recently include: building a pond, laying paths and patios, designing and planting an orchard, clearing and starting a fruit tunnel, building raised beds, building garden walls, putting up a polytunnel, making a large winter bed, planting a native hedge, building bird nest boxes and starting a wildflower meadow. You will also learn how to create new planting areas, grow fruits and vegetables, grow plants from seeds and cuttings, planting bulbs and planting container and hanging basket displays.

Working in a team you will build confidence, social skills, ability to work independently and use a wide range of tools.

Horticulture provides a wide range of employment opportunities in such places as gardens, garden centres, nurseries, public gardens, garden maintenance and landscaping and can be a route into an apprenticeship.

Key Points
  • No formal exams
  • Focus on outside practical work
  • Multiple working visits to places such as RHS Harlow Carr, Helmsley Walled Garden, Sheffield Botanic Garden
  • Group work placement activities with Wakefield Countryside Team and Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
  • Working in partnership with Wakefield Council at our Horticulture facility and garden in Thornes Park
  • Any of the other key points already on there that we want to keep
I don’t particularly enjoy being in the classroom so this course was ideal for me.

What’s New

Catch up with the latest news and events in Horticulture at Wakefield College...
Tree planting project commenced at Thornes Park horticulture site

Wednesday, 08 April, 2020

Wakefield College’s horticulture department received 100 native trees last month to be planted as a hedge around the newly established orchard at the Thornes Park horticulture site.

Study Packs

Have you ever wondered what type of work students do on their course at college? Check out our sample study packs to find out.

They contain work you can complete at your own pace that will help develop your independent learning skills and prepare you for your next steps with Wakefield College.

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Virtual Open Event
19 June, 2021

Join us for our Virtual Open Event with staff & student interviews, Q&As, virtual campus tours, college updates and more.

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Case Studies

What our students say about us...
I don’t particularly enjoy being in the classroom so this course was ideal for me.
Level 1 Diploma in Work-Based Horticulture
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Blooming Display
Blooming Display

The Wakefield BID annual summer display, planted by Wakefield College horticulture students as part of the Wakefield Horticulture Partnership, coming into flower.

14 July, 2021
Horticulture Dept & Thornes Park Garden Tour

Tutor Richard is here to give you a tour of our Horticulture Department and Garden area that students get to work on when studying a course here at the College.

26 April, 2021
The Horticultural Partnership plants their seeds
The Horticultural Partnership plants their seeds

Wakefield Bid, as part of the Horticultural partnership, which also includes Wakefield Council, Wakefield College and Thornes Park nursery, was very proud to see the arrival of the first seedlings this morning. These plants will be part of the 5000 which will adorn the city centre later this year…

22 March, 2021
Blooming marvellous!

Our students have begun planting 9000 bulbs amongst the herbaceous perennials in The Hepworth Wakefield Garden which will provide some wonderful spring colour. 🌷🌹🌼

8 November, 2019
Horticulture students plant new bulbs at The Hepworth
Horticulture students plant new bulbs at The Hepworth

On 22 October 2019, our Horticulture students were helping to plant some of the 9,000 bulbs at The Hepworth Wakefield's new garden.


22 October, 2019
Garden Transformation
Garden Transformation

Students from Wakefield College brought smiles to the faces of residents at a local care home after they helped transform their garden and recreational area. Students from the construction team built several raised flower beds whilst art students transformed outside walls with murals at the Hazel…

10 September, 2019

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