Fitzwilliam College has supported two of its gardening team through an apprenticeship scheme in association with the College of West Anglia.
Camellia Manzoori and Nick Squires have now both successfully completed the Work-based Horticulture Apprenticeship (Level 3) while working full-time at Fitzwilliam College.
Head Gardener Steve Kidger said: “Over the past 15 months or so Nick and Camellia have learnt so many new skills and I am really proud that they have done so well in their latest qualifications.
“They’ve been in charge of their own projects such as the Woodland Walk and Wildflower gardens, which are looking fantastic. They have also helped with organising tree surgery, as well as budgets. We all really appreciate their dedication.”
Nick and Camellia have also been assisting with the College Allotments alongside members of the MCR, as well as raising seeds, cuttings and bulbs in the greenhouses, working on machines and mowers and maintaining Fitzwilliam College’s modern, naturalistic and traditional planting.
Nick said: “We are lucky to have learned new skills in one of the loveliest gardens in Cambridge. The training provided by Fitzwilliam College has allowed me to become a skilled gardener. This week is National Growing for Wellbeing Week and we are trying to get students and staff involved in growing their own produce.”
Camellia said: “I don’t have a garden of my own as I live in a flat at the moment but I have come to see Fitzwilliam College’s gardens as my own. We are trying to reduce pesticide use as far as possible and have planted bee-friendly flowers to encourage more biodiversity in the heart of the city.”