Blooming Brilliant! City & Guilds Success for Clients.

Posted on the 29th October 2020

Congratulations to Gerard and Jamie! They have both been awarded City & Guilds Certificates in Practical Horticulture Skills.

Gerard and Jamie are Pure Support clients and have been working towards their qualifications on our park-based projects in Rochdale.

They’ve learned so much, including how to mulch soil, sow seeds, tend vegetables and identify major tree species.

Practical Learning

As its title suggests, the course focuses on practical skills. It is led by tutor Nick Atkinson of Oldham College.

Learners work through different modules such as “Using a leaf litter blower” at their own pace. They don’t attend college because the parks are their training rooms!


The City & Guilds Level 1 course is very much a matter of learning by doing. As a result, instead of  exams, grading is by assessment backed with photographic evidence. And what great photos they are too!

Community Volunteers

Gerard and Jamie are part of a growing number of clients in our Rochdale Parks group.

All volunteer their time, energy and enthusiasm at two beautiful public spaces  – Alexandra Park in Oldham and Dunwood Park in Shaw.

They work under guidance from Oldham Council’s Parks team and are supported by Pure Community Support Workers Dave Wall, Sarah Howarth and Tracey Martin Massey.

Their roles include tending flower tubs outside The Boathouse Cafe and keeping surrounding shrub borders and paths in good order. Such tasks would not be done otherwise due to cuts to council budgets.

The strong relationships now developing between Oldham College and Pure have meant that two of our clients have now achieved a Certificate in Horticulture. Four others are well on the way to completing their Awards in Horticulture and three key staff are now embarking on a Diploma which will be completed by July 2021, all being well.
This is truly a great partnership with the local council and colleges that we hope to maintain for many years.

Joe Williams - Team Co-ordinator, Pure Innovations.

Spaces Available!

The Level 1 Practical Skills in Horticulture course is a City & Guilds, nationally-recognised qualification. Parks team clients can choose whether or not they want to work towards an award.

As mentioned, this course is an excellent partnership with Oldham College and Oldham Council Parks Team. Clients can join at any time in the year. And don’t forget – all those new skills are of course very useful in domestic gardens and allotments too!

This is a popular activity as it great exercise out in the fresh air in beautiful parks.  Could it be suitable for you or someone you know?

If so, get in touch! You can email Joe Williams at:  or use the contact form below.

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