idverde Apprentices deliver rose planting project

A team of apprentices from idverde were pleased to assist the Friends of Kelsey Park in Bromley by replanting three of the park’s rose beds with ‘Munstead Wood’, ‘Summer Song’ and ‘Crown Princess Margareta’ varieties.

The team of seven apprentices, all of whom are studying for their Level 2 Horticultural Standard qualifications at idverde’s Performance Campus, were tasked with the work to enhance their experience and knowledge of rose planting.

The apprentices involved were Trei Whyte and Jade Lai-Wu (based on idverde’s Bromley contract) and Alfie Williams, Luke Saggers, Reece Reynolds, Gavin Andrews, and Jack Williams (based on our Southwark contract). The team worked under the supervision of idverde’s Learning and Development Specialist, Damon Lee, who describes the work carried out by the apprentices:

“Upon arrival the team was provided with the three different rose varieties and plans for the planting scheme. They were then asked to prepare the beds by cultivating the soil with a petrol rotavator, followed by raking the soil level for planting.

“When the bed was prepared the apprentices reviewed the plans and positioned the roses accordingly. After the three beds were set out the cohort stood back and decided whether the roses had been positioned correctly and repositioned them if they felt that the spacing wasn’t even. Once they were satisfied with the layout they proceeded to plant the roses, splitting into groups to work on separate beds. The task included digging a hole to the correct size for the roses to thrive, adding the appropriate amount of root-zone fertiliser to assist root growth in the early development stages, and bedding in to protect the base of the rose.

“This project has greatly enhanced the apprentices’ understanding of how to work from planting plans, the need to add beneficial fertilisers, and to ensure that care and attention is given when planting. Each apprentice reported that they had gained lots of knowledge during the day and that working on projects like this as a team has not only benefitted their horticultural knowledge but their team-working skills as well.”

Congratulations to the apprentices for a job well done and we hope all of our apprentices continue to enjoy success as they progress with their studies.

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