‘Our academy is growing – and there’s still time for budding gardeners to apply!’

Homebase Garden Academy
Homebase Garden Academy

A ‘garden academy’ run by home improvement chain Homebase is growing, with double the amount of places being offered in the scheme’s second year.

There’s still a chance for budding gardeners from Dacorum to turn their passion into a career through the project, which could see successful applicants landing a job in the Hemel Hempstead Homebase store at the end of their learning period.

Through the course of the academy they will learn about garden design and planning as well as work towards a Royal Horticultural Society Level 1 Award.

The 24 students will also have the opportunity to work at the London Road store to gain experience of garden retailing during the year-long scheme.

Garden designer Adam Frost, who helped set up the project, said: “I’m increasingly worried that our next generation of young people are not connecting with what’s outside their back door.

“This is not only a social issue, but increasingly a challenge for our industry as young people are not excited by careers in gardening.

“The Academy is a great opportunity for people from different backgrounds to come together to share their passion for the outdoors and develop it into a career.”

Last year’s blossoming cohorts even put their experience into practice at the Chelsea Flower Show, helping to build Homebase’s display.

While no gardening experience is necessary, candidates must be aged over 16 have a passion for the practice. Students who are accepted on to the academy will receive their own personal set of gardening tools, and will also be given a video camera and net book to record a diary of their experiences.

Click here to apply before Sunday’s deadline.