ON 19th June, HRH The Princess Royal, patron of The Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society, will be attending a garden party awards ceremony at the Norton House Hotel to recognise and celebrate the achievements of Grow and Learn Project participants from across Scotland.
The Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society – The Caley – has been supporting horticulture and gardening in Scotland since 1809 and is widely recognised as the voice of horticulture in Scotland.
The Caley strives to encourage and improve the science, art and practice of all types of horticulture and to advance education in gardening and horticulture for everyone, through a wide and diverse range of activities including lectures, workshops, sharing learning, providing advice and information, and practical demonstrations.
A major focus of the Caley’s charitable work is education and in particular the Grow and Learn Awards.
Grow and Learn is a unique horticultural award that recognises individual personal achievement and progress.
The award offers the learner a structured framework, but is also flexible enough to ensure a person-centred approach at all times, therefore making it ideally suited for those with learning disabilities or complex learning needs.
Grow and Learn ‘Roots’ is the starting point of the learning and introduces the learner to core horticultural tasks.
Learners choose which additional horticultural related activities they wish to undertake as well as setting themselves personal goals. In order to achieve the award, learners undertake a minimum of seven core activities, 13 additional activities, achieve three personal goals and develop a personal portfolio that evidences achievement and progress made.
Learners are then awarded a CALEY Grow and Learn ‘ Roots’ certificate at the end of the learning.
After learners have completed Grow and Learn ‘Roots’, they can if they wish, progress to Grow and Learn ‘Nurture’.
This allows the learner to develop their skills and knowledge a little further by increasing the complexity of the task, as well as also learning completely new skills.
In order to achieve the award, learners undertake a minimum of seven core activities, six optional activities, achieve three personal goals and develop a personal portfolio that evidences achievement and progress made.
Learners are then awarded a CALEY Grow and Learn ‘Nurture’ certificate at the end of the learning.
Each award will normally take 80hrs or one growing season to complete but can be extended in order to meet the needs of the learner.
It is important to note that all portfolios are formally verified before certificates are awarded, thus ensuring that all agreed activities and personal goals have been successfully achieved.
Margaret Teale, vice-president of The Caley and co-ordinator of Grow and Learn adds: “The Grow and Learn Awards not only introduce people to horticulture, but equip participants with invaluable and transferable lifeskills, a focus to life, and a personal sense of pride and achievement.”
More information on Grow and Learn can be found at www.rchs.co.uk.
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