Sue Jeffries, an introduction

I am continuing to offer online garden advice and courses during the Covid-19 lockdown, get in touch to see how I can help.

I am a professional horticulturalist with over ten years experience in managing and delivering educational, social and therapeutic horticulture courses and projects across Lancashire and Greater Manchester.  I offer a range of training, advice and consultancy for private individuals and public horticulture projects across the North West.  

I am continuing to offer online garden advice and courses during the Covid-19 lockdown, get in touch to see how I can help.

I am a professional horticulturalist with over ten years experience in managing and delivering educational, social and therapeutic horticulture courses and projects across Lancashire and Greater Manchester.  I offer a range of training, advice and consultancy for private individuals and public horticulture projects across the North West.  

After my initial horticulture training at Myerscough College I set up a garden design and maintenance business in Lancashire and combined it with teaching gardening and horticulture skills to children, adults and those with learning disabilities and mental health problems.

After my initial horticulture training at Myerscough College I set up a garden design and maintenance business in Lancashire and combined it with teaching gardening and horticulture skills to children, adults and those with learning disabilities and mental health problems.

As a fully qualified teacher I can now pass on my gardening knowledge and expertise through one-to-one advice and training as well as group workshops, training sessions, courses and talks.  I‘ve worked with MIND Tameside, Oldham and Glossop, Lancashire Adult Learning, Chorley Council, Longridge Town Council, Salford City Council, Progress Housing, RSPB and Groundwork MSSTT as well as many other private customers across Lancashire.  I currently manage and deliver a range of therapeutic gardening courses for Start in Salford and deliver Level 1 Horticulture Skills courses to adults.

As a fully qualified teacher I can now pass on my gardening knowledge and expertise through one-to-one advice and training as well as group workshops, training sessions, courses and talks.  I‘ve worked with MIND Tameside, Oldham and Glossop, Lancashire Adult Learning, Chorley Council, Longridge Town Council, Salford City Council, Progress Housing, RSPB and Groundwork MSSTT as well as many other private customers across Lancashire.  I currently manage and deliver a range of therapeutic gardening courses for Start in Salford and deliver Level 1 Horticulture Skills courses to adults.

In 2017, 2018 and 2019 the therapeutic garden I manage at the charity ‘Start in Salford’ won an Award of ‘Outstanding’ in the North West in Bloom’s ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ category, also winning the ‘RHS Growing Communities’ Award in 2018.

In 2016 and 2018 I was Assessor for the RHS’s ‘Green Plan It’ project for secondary school students in the North West.

Manchester’s ‘Dig the City Garden Festival’ in 2014 I designed and built a mini-show garden to publicise the Turton Tower Kitchen Garden – winning ‘Best in Show’ in the ‘Grow Anywhere’ category.  Then in 2015 I worked with the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital to create “The Playful Garden”, which was awarded a Gold Medal.

 

 

 

In 2017, 2018 and 2019 the therapeutic garden I manage at the charity ‘Start in Salford’ won an Award of ‘Outstanding’ in the North West in Bloom’s ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ category, also winning the ‘RHS Growing Communities’ Award in 2018.

In 2016 and 2018 I was Assessor for the RHS’s ‘Green Plan It’ project for secondary school students in the North West.

Manchester’s ‘Dig the City Garden Festival’ in 2014 I designed and built a mini-show garden to publicise the Turton Tower Kitchen Garden – winning ‘Best in Show’ in the ‘Grow Anywhere’ category.  Then in 2015 I worked with the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital to create “The Playful Garden”, which was awarded a Gold Medal.

 

Professional Qualifications and Training

I spent a total of six years at Myerscough College in Lancashire studying firstly for my FDSc Professional Gardening and Plant Knowledge (for which I received Distinction) and then my teaching qualification – PCGE (Post Compulsory) with QTLS.  Prior to my time at Myerscough I studied at Reaseheath College, Cheshire for a BTEC Advanced Certificate in Garden Design.

My practical, hands-on horticultural training was gained through a year-long part time traineeship at Pendle Heritage Centre’s Walled Garden.  This was organised by the Women’s Farm and Garden Association (WFGA).

I spent a total of six years at Myerscough College in Lancashire studying firstly for my FDSc Professional Gardening and Plant Knowledge (for which I received Distinction) and then my teaching qualification – PCGE (Post Compulsory) with QTLS.  Prior to my time at Myerscough I studied at Reaseheath College, Cheshire for a BTEC Advanced Certificate in Garden Design.

My practical, hands-on horticultural training was gained through a year-long part time traineeship at Pendle Heritage Centre’s Walled Garden.  This was organised by the Women’s Farm and Garden Association (WFGA).

I am a member of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture.  I also have an Award in Social and Therapeutic Horticulture (Mental Ill Health Services) delivered by Thrive (the national charity developing and delivering Horticultural Therapy services) and accredited by the University of Coventry.  I have up-to-date training in First Aid, Safeguarding for Adults, Mental Capacity Awareness and an Enhanced DBS for Adults.

I am a member of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture.  I also have an Award in Social and Therapeutic Horticulture (Mental Ill Health Services) delivered by Thrive (the national charity developing and delivering Horticultural Therapy services) and accredited by the University of Coventry.  I have up-to-date training in First Aid, Safeguarding for Adults, Mental Capacity Awareness and an Enhanced DBS for Adults.

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