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Pershore apprentice to help create garden for Tatton Park Flower Show


Published by rtownsend for Sanctuary Housing Association in Education and also in Care and Support, Communities, Housing

Pershore College apprentice Luke Ward Pershore College apprentice Luke Ward

A young horticulture apprentice who is studying at Pershore College in Worcestershire is being given the opportunity to develop and showcase his skills at the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park later this month (25-28 July).

Luke Ward, who works for leading housing and care provider Sanctuary Group, is helping to create a unique show garden entitled ‘A Stainless Century’.

The contemporary garden, sponsored by Sanctuary, has been designed by Sheffield-based Phil Hirst to commemorate the centenary of the invention of stainless steel. In addition to silvery foliage and plants, the garden will feature items made from this popular metal.

23-year-old Luke is currently studying for a work-based Diploma in Parks, Gardens and Green Spaces at Pershore College, part of Warwickshire College. His studies are supplemented with on-the-job experience which involves tending to the green areas around Sanctuary Group’s housing estates.

Luke will be supported on the project by a former Sanctuary horticulture apprentice, 21-year-old Calum Ashton, who also studied at Pershore College and is now a landscape technician with the Group.

Both Luke and Calum will play a key role in creating the show garden where they will gain valuable training and experience under the expert guidance of Phil Hirst.

After the flower show, Luke and Calum will be involved in the recreation of the garden at a new Sanctuary retirement scheme in Sheffield which will become its permanent home.

Apprentice Luke commented: “This is such an exciting project to be involved in and will allow me to use many of the skills I have developed as an apprentice and learn more about garden design techniques from an expert in the field.

“I’m particularly interested in plant placement and discovering more about design layout to ensure that plants effectively contrast and help bring a garden to life.”

Pershore College has been working with Sanctuary since 2010, delivering a national bespoke horticultural training programme for the Group’s apprentices. The apprenticeship combines a mixture of on and off-the-job training including a Level 2 Work Based Diploma in Horticulture.

A Top 100 Apprentice employer, Sanctuary operates a UK-wide Apprenticeship Scheme which helps provide support to a variety of different business operations across the Group. Sanctuary is one of the country’s leading providers of apprenticeships and has supported nearly 250 young people through the programme.

Kenneth Williams, Operations Manager from Sanctuary Group, said: “We are delighted Luke has taken up the opportunity to be involved in this exciting project. The experience will provide him with valuable learning and development opportunities and with the added support of a former apprentice, we hope both youngsters will act as role models and inspire other young people to consider gardening as a career option.”

John Everest, Academy Manager at Pershore College said: “This is a great opportunity for Luke so we’re delighted for him, especially as he’ll be working with another of our successful ex-students, Calum.

“Our partnership with Sanctuary provides a fantastic bespoke training programme for their apprentices, with the combination of study and on-the-job training preparing the students for a career in horticulture. This extra experience for Luke working on the show garden at the Tatton Park Flower Show will give him a chance to develop his skills and knowledge even more, and learn from the best.”


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