IF YOU fancy running your own veg plot, sowing, hoeing, harvesting and learning how to grow it, then Rosemoor’s 2019 allotment course may be right up your garden path.
The famous garden and educational centre at Torrington, Devon, is once again looking for ten gardening enthusiasts to take part in their informative and practical allotment course which begins next February.
Successful candidates will receive expert RHS tuition, have their own plot to tend, and take away home-grown harvests. They will receive regular allotment master-classes and weekly access to their plots, all in Rosemoor’s picturesque woodland setting.
Course leader Pete Adams said: “Our allotment course has grown from strength to strength over the past four years, and once again we are excited to welcome new novice vegetable growers to join us to learn from our expert team.
“We offer brilliant facilities, all the equipment and the know-how for a successful year of vegetable growing. So why not apply to join us for the 2019 course!”
The course attracts a small fee of £50 which covers the cost of the gardening boots, seeds and a contribution towards materials.
Students will have access to their plots every Wednesday (10.30am – 4pm) and attend two-hour tutorials at the start of each month.
The course is open to everyone, with the 2018 intake coming from a great variety of backgrounds and across all age groups. But they all have one thing in common – the passion for and a willingness to learn the basic principles of growing your own vegetables.
The hope is to see a similar diverse group of people apply this year too.
Comments from previous graduates:
■ “Thank you Pete, it’s been a blast! I’ve had so much fun and learnt lots” – Julie.
■ “What a wonderful experience. Thank you Peter for all your hard work and advice. This opportunity to learn gardening skills is so valuable” – Dan.
■ “Thanks, Pete. Working the allotment has made me realise that with the right knowledge and well-worked soil I can grow great veg. I’ve found the experience just so rewarding and great fun with great people.” – Steve.
The course will run from February through to the end of the year. Applications close on 26 November 2018.
To apply, please write to curator Jon Webster with a brief personal background (approx. 50 words), stating why you would like a beginner’s vegetable plot at Rosemoor (approx. 50 words), and indicating what you will do with your new knowledge (approx. 100 words) and letting us know how or where you found out about the course.
By post: Jon Webster, RHS Garden Rosemoor, Great Torrington Devon EX38 8PH.
By email: email@example.com.
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Top – Happy horticulturists: Two young course-goers planting out; centre – harvesting carrots; above – the fruits of effort and endeavour. Pictures: RHS Garden Rosemoor.