By NATALIE HOWELL*
LAST month, we celebrated the successful graduation of students in the Cert 1 Horticulture Course.
The course is the result of a partnership between St Vincent de Paul Society – Growth Centre, The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and Able Australia.
With more than 30 applicants, 15 were fortunate enough to be accepted and 13 graduated.
We are hoping to run this course again due to the high demand of participants. The course was made possible through funding from Skills Tasmania.
Participants gained skills in propagating, plant identification, weed and pest control to name a few.
Students worked between two sights one at Botanical Gardens and the other at Vinnies Growth Centre, the Growth Centre has been fortunate to gain some highly skilled volunteers as well as an enthusiastic work force.
This project has benefitted a range of community members in education and social enhancement. John Klug from Able Australia said Able clients had thoroughly enjoyed their participation in assisting with the propagation of plants.
*Natalie Howell is Manager St Vinnies Growth Centre