Sue Jeffries, an introduction

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

I am a professional horticulturalist with over fourteen years experience in managing and delivering educational, social and therapeutic horticulture courses and projects across Lancashire and Greater Manchester.  Offering 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.  Combined 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.  Combined with teaching gardening and horticulture skills to children, adults and those with learning disabilities and mental health problems.

As a fully qualified teacher and horticulture professional I can now pass on my gardening knowledge and expertise through consultancy and training as well as group workshops, training sessions, courses and talks.

I‘ve worked with charities such as MIND Tameside, Oldham and Glossop, RSPB and Groundwork MSSTT.  For over five years I was the Horticulture Co-ordinator at the mental health charity START in Salford. There I managed, designed and delivered a range of therapeutic gardening courses for adults with mental health support needs and socially excluded groups.

In addition I’ve worked with Councils including Lancashire County, Chorley, Longridge Town Council, Salford City.  I currently work with Blackburn with Darwen Adult Learning Services to offer accessible gardening course to adults.

Other work has included projects for Blackburn BID, RHS Bridgewater, Progress Housing, Bruntwood and iQ Student Accommodation in Manchester.

As a fully qualified teacher and horticulture professional I can now pass on my gardening knowledge and expertise through consultancy and training as well as group workshops, training sessions, courses and talks.

I‘ve worked with charities such as MIND Tameside, Oldham and Glossop, RSPB and Groundwork MSSTT.  For over five years I was the Horticulture Co-ordinator at the mental health charity START in Salford. There I managed, designed and delivered a range of therapeutic gardening courses for adults with mental health support needs and socially excluded groups. 

In addition I’ve worked with Councils including Lancashire County, Chorley, Longridge Town Council, Salford City.  I currently work with Blackburn with Darwen Adult Learning Services to offer accessible gardening course to adults.

Other work has included projects for Blackburn BID, RHS Bridgewater, Progress Housing, Bruntwood and iQ Student Accommodation in Manchester. 

In 2021 I started working with North West In Bloom to help judge community gardens and town and village entries for the regional competition.

In 2017, 2018 and 2019 the therapeutic garden I managed 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 2021 I started working with North West In Bloom to help judge community gardens and town and village entries for the regional competition.

In 2017, 2018 and 2019 the therapeutic garden I managed 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.

Follow me for regular updates and gardening information