Picture of our students with the course tutor
Karl Appleton (Course tutor), David Isherwood, David Murphy and Steven Mower

Earlier this month, three former St Helens College Horticulture students returned to join current students at Walton Hall Gardens to offer advice and guidance.

Former students, David Isherwood, who was one of the first Horticulture students at the college and David Murphy, who both work at Walton Hall Gardens were also joined by Steven Mower, who is now studying a BSc (Hons) in Horticulture at university. During the session, the successful alumni spoke about how their careers have flourished following completion of the course and how determination and being a team player are key attributes to being successful in the horticulture industry.

Current students said the session was very informative and all the former students will be working closely with them over the next few months to develop their employability skills and plan their progression.

So what are the students up to now?

David Isherwood was appointed a Greenkeeper at Walton Hall Golf Course in 1993 after completing his level 3 Horticulture qualification at St Helens College. In his role, general duties include the all year round maintenance of the greens and fairways using fine turf cutting machines and renovation of turf using aeration equipment. He also is responsible for the pest and disease control of turf and has gained valuable pesticide qualifications in P.A.1., P.A.2 and P.A. 6.

David Murphy is employed at Walton Hall Gardens as a Gardener since achieving his level 2 Horticulture qualification in 2006, his duties include lawn mowing, maintaining shrub and the herbaceous borders. Hedge trimming and implementing the design of the formal spring and summer bedding schemes in the formal gardens.

Steven Mower is currently studying a BSc (Hons) in Horticulture at university after turning a hobby into career several years ago. He successfully completed level 1, 2 and 3 qualifications in Horticulture at St Helens College and hopes to progress onto a career teaching horticulture.

St Helens College offers a range of Horticulture courses and qualifications for both school leavers and adults, They're designed to help you embark on a new career or progress in the one you already have. Study can be full or part-time and depending on your circumstances you might be eligible for help with funding, a learning loan that requires no credit check or help towards the costs of childcare.

Alternatively, our short, leisure courses can be a great way to try out a potential new career area or simply develop a new skill.

Find out more here.