The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is kicking off 2024 with a Horticulture Careers Discovery Week, to shine a light on a world of exciting career opportunities in horticulture.
Running from Monday 22nd January, the completely free virtual event will involve a programme of live talks throughout the week, packed with inspiration and information for anyone interested in making a start in the world of horticulture.
The event aims to inspire people of all ages and backgrounds from school leavers to career changers, and those who are already studying or employed in industry, to broaden their horizons and career aspirations. There will also be the opportunity to learn how to start out on a career journey with learning and training opportunities available at the RHS.
Each day will include a variety of live talks by individuals working in the industry, including RHS alumni and current students, who can share their career journey, give insights into their role and provide tips and advice on getting into particular areas of the sector.
There will be speakers from wide-ranging backgrounds and disciplines such as garden design, horticultural therapy, productive horticulture, social media influencers, garden magazine editors, garden retail and buying, arboriculture, education, entrepreneurism and more.
Among the line-up is plant pathologist and BBC broadcaster Pippa Greenwood, who is a regular contributor to Gardeners’ World and Gardeners’ Question Time. Joining Pippa will be award-winning RHS Young Designer Emma Tamsin Tipping, whose Balcony Garden design earned a Gold medal at last year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
Emma Tamsin Tipping, Garden Designer, said: “I’m so excited to be talking about my career in gardening and garden design so far, including my experiences taking part in RHS Flower Shows. I took a slightly unusual route into garden design so I hope that hearing about my journey helps others who might be thinking about a career in this field.”
Dr Suzanne Moss, RHS Director of Learning & Public Engagement, said: “Horticulture is a growing and changing sector in need of fresh talent and up-to-date skills. A career in horticulture can be exciting and rewarding, particularly at a time when we recognise the increasing need to protect our natural environment.
“The Horticulture Careers Discovery Week is an exciting opportunity to lift the lid on the industry and demonstrate to people far and wide that there are ample routes into the sector, whatever your background. We hope that this packed programme will leave people feeling inspired and empowered to pursue a fulfilling career in this field.”
For more information on the event and to sign up, visit rhs.org.uk/discoveryweek
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