June 27, 2017

Latest:

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and M&G Investments are pleased to announce that they have renewed their partnership for a further three years -

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Increase in sales leads to workforce expansion at Alpha Rail -

Monday, June 26, 2017

Berrys Show Garden at Southport Flower Show -

Monday, June 26, 2017

Sleep height: canopy campers snooze in the sky at the Eden Project -

Monday, June 26, 2017

UK growers meet and collaborate at the forefront of nursery management software development: The 3rd WinTree UK User Forum 2017 from TSD -

Monday, June 26, 2017

Homeowners in South Wales can now get themselves the perfect lawn thanks to LazyLawn® launching in the area -

Monday, June 26, 2017

New play areas set to be approved -

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Design contest launched for €30M concert centre in Kaunas, Lithuania -

Sunday, June 25, 2017

‘Customers put price first’, according to new tradespeople study -

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Well-known BBC gardener Bob Flowerdew to present talk on scented plants at Bishampton and District Gardening Club -

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Action needed on consistently poor planting rates -

Friday, June 23, 2017

ITV’S ‘Love your Garden’ features Addagrip’s Addaset resin bound surfacing for war veterans garden in Plymouth -

Friday, June 23, 2017

Fullers Mill Garden awarded Visit England Quality Rose Marque -

Friday, June 23, 2017

Large or small, Victorian or traditional, Griffin Glasshouses has it all -

Friday, June 23, 2017

The Land Trust acquires new sites to protect and enhance valuable community green space across the UK -

Friday, June 23, 2017

Peak’s quirky cows hit the heights -

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Public urged to nominate community groups for national awards -

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Wyevale Nurseries scoops six awards at HTA Show -

Thursday, June 22, 2017

New Scape paves the way with porcelain exterior tiling -

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Rolawn hit the mark at Gardeners’ World Live -

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Quadron idverde helps unemployed people Get Set for work

Grounds maintenance contractor, Quadron idverde is helping unemployed Londoners gain the skills they need to return to work with an innovative training scheme in partnership with Get Set UK, Wandsworth Council and the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea.

Candidates from Government Work Programme provider, Get Set UK, have embarked on a Level 1 Diploma in Land Based Studies with Quadron idverde, following a successful Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) application, made in partnership with Wandsworth Council. Quadron idverde will be delivering the Accredited Education and Learning component as part of the Tooting Common Heritage Project.

Get Set UK is an employability provider that seeks to place unemployed candidates into work placement positions so that they can gain skills that will help them secure sustainable employment and move away from dependence on benefits.  Learners have been working with Quadron idverde staff on the company’s Wandsworth and Kensington contracts recently to learn a few tricks of the trade prior to their course starting on 12th April 2016.

The team’s first task involved pruning epicormic and basal growth on trees at Tooting Common and Wandsworth Cemetery. After candidates received a full Quadron idverde  company induction and carried out the necessary site and task based risk assessments, candidates received their PPE. The team then went out with Wandsworth Arboriculture Manager, Pat Langley, and Quadron idverde Corporate Development Manager, Andrew Kauffman, to tackle epicormic and basal growth to trees at Tooting Common and Wandsworth Cemetery. The team worked extremely well to complete the task, and received positive feedback from the Quadron idverde team and Wandsworth client.

Quadron idverde supervisor, Len Robinson, said: “It has been great working with the team from Get Set who have volunteered with Quadron at Tooting Common and Wandsworth Cemetery. We are glad the candidates have been put forward to the Level 1 Diploma in Land Based Studies (Environmental Conservation) linked to the Heritage Lottery Accredited Training Course, good luck to all!”

Wandsworth Parks Manager Biodiversity Kevin Freed added: “The Get Set group are friendly, enthusiastic and willing to learn, asking relevant questions and comprehending answers. A variety of different tasks have been programed to increase the knowledgebase and I hope that this introduction into land based studies will be an enjoyable and rewarding experience for all candidates.”

Following the successful completion of the tasks at Tooting Common and Wandworth Park, the Get Set teams moved on to Kensington and Chelsea’s Holland Park, to work with Quadron idverde Head Gardener, Rob May, and the glasshouse team to learn about the process of preparing amenity bedding plants for display in parks and gardens.

The team thoroughly enjoyed the amenity horticulture experience and transplanted a grand total of 4,000 plugs into pots that will be grown on in the Holland Park Glasshouse until they are ready to be planted out and used in the Royal Borough’s bedding displays in late May.

Quadron idverde head gardener Rob May said: “It was a delight to work with such an enthusiastic team of volunteers. All were keen to learn the different elements that go into working in a nursery. They exceeded all expectations.”

Quadron idverde’s assistant grounds maintenance manager in Kensington and Chelsea, Ben Martin, added: “The Get Set Land Based Studies Group have been of great assistance throughout their time at Holland Park. They worked well with the Quadron staff potting on summer bedding in the green house, managing to pot on a total of over 4,000 bedding plants including pelargoniums, salvia and nicotiana. We very much appreciate the work they have done here.”

The Get Set UK team are now all set to start their Level 1 Diploma in Land Based Studies, beginning with reprofiling ditch lines on Totting Common and constructing bait boxes at Tooting Common Pond. Quadron idverde looks forward to continuing to support them as they work towards their qualification.

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