The Horticulture course teaches students the knowledge and skills needed to grow and maintain their own gardens, and prepares them for work within the horticultural profession.

Amongst the many disciplines covered, students will learn the fundamentals of:

  • How to determine soil with pH
  • How to prepare and plant containers
  • How to prepare hanging baskets
  • How to prepare ground for planting
  • How to prick out seedlings singly
  • How to lay paving slabs
  • Plus many other essential skills


“Working with the local community gives young people the skills to further their qualifications and experience. It’s so rewarding to be able to invest time in young people and to see them reach their full potential.”

Mick Ireson – Horticulture Tutor

Meet Your Tutor

Mick Ireson Horticulture Tutor

Mick Ireson

Mick is the Horticulture Tutor at St-Eds. He has always had a passion for horticulture and gardening since a young age and loves to share his knowledge, whilst inspiring young people. Mick has City and Guilds qualifications in horticulture, along with an Assessors Award. He has always been a people-person and enjoys supporting others. He has worked at Saffron Housing as Grounds Maintenance for tenants along with being a Senior Team Leader, supporting the elderly and their crops. Mick has previously been a Horticulture Tutor with the YMCA and is equipped with the skills and experience needed to make learning fun for St-Eds students. Mick is also a keen fisherman.

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