Young people are being offered the chance to join a ground-breaking scheme to unearth the next generation of gardeners.
The Garden Academy was set up between the Homebase branch at the Ryhall Road retail park in Stamford and award-winning garden designer Adam Frost, who is based in Stamford, to help raise the profile of a career in gardening and inspire gardening talent of the future.
It offers people aged 16 and above the chance to spend time learning from Adam about garden planning and design, work with key partners to develop detailed product knowledge covering planting and landscaping, as well as learning practical horticultural skills to earn a Royal Horticultural Society Level 1 Award.
At other times, students will be working full-time at the Stamford Homebase store to gain experience of garden retailing, where they will learn detailed plant knowledge to help customers make the best choices for their garden.
Adam last week celebrated winning his sixth gold medal at the world-renowned Chelsea Flower Show with a garden which students from the first Garden Academy were involved in.
He said: “I’ve been really inspired by what this year’s Garden Academy students have achieved – especially putting all of the skills they’ve learnt into practice by helping to build the Homebase show garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
“The Academy is a great opportunity for people from different backgrounds to come together to share their passion for the outdoors and develop it into a career.”
Successful applicants will have a passion for gardening but not necessarily a lot of experience.
Tools will be provided and students could get a job at the end of the scheme.
There will be 24 in this year’s intake - double the number during the first round last year.
To apply visit www.homebasegardenacademy.com before Sunday, June 15.