Skills for Work and Living students have been getting close to nature in our horticulture competition, in partnership with Boston College.

The competition is one of four which are held in conjunction with several other colleges in the Eastern region, and this is the second year running that New College Stamford has been involved.

During the competition, students were able to test their creative skills and ability to work independently, by getting involved in a number of gardening activities, which ranged from planting a flower bed, to designing and planting hanging baskets. Other activities included painting stones and building a miniature garden.

The students were able to make use of a number of gardening tools to help them in completing their tasks.

Winners from New College Stamford included Katie Chater who achieved 3rd place, and Oliver Farmer in 4th place for flower bed planting.

Gabriel Coyne took home 3rd place, with Amy Fosker achieving 4th in hanging basket design and planting.

Braidy Pell was awarded 2nd and Iona Green won 3rd place for the container planting title.

Lastly, for small pot planting, Saskia Waldron achieved 2nd place and Rebecca Williamson took home 4th place.

The judge of the competition was Gill Wyatt, who has previously worked as an amateur and practical gardener.

Not only do these competitions give Skills for Work and Living students the chance to test their competitive streak and work using a brief, it also allows them to gain confidence in undertaking day-to-day tasks, preparing them for the real world.

To find out more information about Skills for Work and Living courses, click here or call 01780 767830.


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