All programmes/courses include tuition, study facilities/library, tools & gloves supervision. No previous experience or qualifications necessary :
A. Wildlife/Environment Assistant.
B. Arboriculture Assistant.
C. Painting & Decorating/ Crafts/ Garden D.I.Y.
D. Horticulture Assistant.
E. Art & design/Landscaping/ Construction Assistant
F. Web design & promotion Assistant.
A) Wildlife & Environment
Suitable for someone interested in wildlife, conservation and the environment. Students in courses linked to such subjects as Geography, Planning, Environmental Studies, Conservation & Wildlife, Surveying etc might also find useful.
1. Undertaking wildlife audits of garden.
2. Assessing & improving habitats.
3. Design wildlife workshops & projects for local youngsters.
4. Research improvements for habitat & planting to help wildlife.
5. Maintaining shelters/feeders/ habitats for various creatures.
6. Researching requirements to attract more wildlife.
7. Assessing Neighbourhood Plan impact/improvement to the local environment/wildlife & to the garden.
8. Improve environmental & visual comprehension.
The activities of this Placement include:
1. Pruning & shaping.
2. Taking cuttings of trees, shrubs, fruut bushes and nursing them through to development.
3. Feeding & mulching
4. Weekly care & maintenance.
6. Checking for blight, diseases.
7. General health care.
There is an extensive library available on a wide range of horticulture and aboriculture topics.
Range of species include:
Collection of 18 varieties of Acers. Collection of 56 varieties of dwarf Conifers.
Several other single-item species incl. English Oak, Red Oak, Sessile Oak, Holmes Oak, Larch, Chestnut, Hazelnut, Walnut, Photinia, Magnolia, Privet, Lime, Eucalyptus, Cherry, Apple, Plum, Pear, Fig, Beech, Elm, Guelder, Yew, Sycamore, Leylandii, Laurel, Hibiscus, Juniper, Olive, Lilac, Cottoneaster, Holly, Fraser Fir, Nordman Fir, Douglas Fir, Noble Fir, Bay, Scots Pine, Blue Spruce, Norway Spruce, Italian Cypress, Tree Fern.
Most of the latter single item species are growing in a specially created wildlife and wildflower woodland area which in its very early stages.
There are also over 60 large shrubs to be maintained.
C) Painting & Decorating/Crafts/DIY
In the subject/career range of: Crafts; Painting & Decorating; Building; DIY; Landscaping.
1. Help maintain wooden arches, pergolas, statues, bench arbours, patios, outbuildings, patios, summerhouse, fountains, tubs and planters.
2. Opportunity for artistic input adding decorative detail if the volunteer wishes.
3. Helping to maintain bathing pool and fully equipped gym
4. Students can create their own additions to the garden if they have an idea to explore.
5. We mix our own colours from 20litre drums so you will also learn all about colour.
6. Principles of painting and decorating incl. preparing wood, how to paint etc.
7. Brush & tool maintenance.
8. Sealant and protective treatments of statues etc.
9. Cleaning and protective treatments of slabs/paving/paths/walls and, block paving.
10. Basic principle of using cement/mortar; rendering; pointing.
11. Basics of brick bonds (styles of brick laying patterns).
All outbuildings (potting shed, summerhouse, gymnasium, bike shed, pool changing room) and arches etc are of wood and require annual repainting. Patios are of wood, stone paving. Statues are stone. Paths are either stone or block paving.
D) General Horticulture
Gardening/ Horticulture/ Landscaping/Landscape. The teaching & skills imparted generally follows the pattern of RHS Levels 1 & 2 and some aspects of Level 3.
2. Pruning (shrubs/trees etc).
3. Sowing seeds & nurturing them.
4. Bringing on seedlings.
5. Potting-on tiny plants into bigger pots to bring to maturity.
6. Planting out new plants grown from seed.
7. Hedge trimming & shaping.
9. Lawn care/ spiking/weeding/fertilising etc.
10. Lawn cutting.
11. Helping to maintain/archive the Library.
12. Digging & raking.
14. Keeping paths swept and paving slabs etc edges trimmed.
15. Keeping lawn edges trimmed.
16. Helping to maintain wildlife records.
17. Studying wildlife.
18. Studying gardening.
19. Tending flowers, vegetables, fruit, shrubs, trees.
20. Brick walls.
22. Cleaning fountains
23. Removing debris/leaves from all areas of the garden as necessary.
24. Raking the sand (beach) to keep its appearance.
25. Cleaning garden solar lights, garden tables, etc.
E) Art & Design & Landscaping
The student studies and works in the following skills/subjects:
1. Mixing paint colours.
2. Colour theory.
3. Landscape & garden design.
4. Plant colours/collections/design.
5. Statues & sculpture.
6. Repaint furniture, sheds, summerhouse, gym, arbours, pergolas, arches in specially mixed colours.
7. Decorative detailing to above.
8. Special painted effects to slabs/patios.
9. Photo compositions of garden.
10. Videos of garden.
11. Height & perspective effects.
12. Shape/form & sculptural effects plants & framing effects.
13. Constructing rooms & themes
14. Ancient Greek/Roman sculpture/statuary.
15. Landscape painters/schools/traditions.
16. Use of brick/stone & walls for creating form and marking off rooms.
17. Re-organising garden landscape, constructing new features, building & maintenance.
HOW TO APPLY
To apply for any of these opportunities simply send brief details of yourself to:
(i) There is an extensive library on horticulture, aboriculture, landscaping, design, art, architecture, painting and related subjects. topics.
(ii) No previous experience or qualifications necessarry.
(iii) You will be given full tuition and guidance.
(iv) Gloves/goggles/tools etc are provided.