The wonderful thing about horticulture is that practically everyone can learn new skills – whatever their abilities.
Most of the activity takes place in our large Victorian walled garden which offers a safe, friendly environment. If you have limited mobility, you can have your own raised bed to grow flowers and fruit in. We can also provide you with your own allotment.
Horticulture sessions are run by professional tutors with lots of volunteers on hand to help you get the most out of the experience. In colder months, we work more in the classroom planning next season’s planting or making garden-based crafts.
We love to get out and about We also enter produce competitions run by the Thrive gardening charity.
The Grange has its own bee hives and we’ve recently added beekeeping and collecting honey to our Horticulture programme.
Everything we grow is sold in the Walled Garden Shop and each month we run a produce stall at Exxon’s offices in Leatherhead. There are lots of opportunities to learn retail skills such as dealing with money and taking customer orders. We are well known locally for our hanging baskets and bedding plants and for fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables.
You can choose to study for accredited qualifications in horticulture. We currently have groups working towards their ASDAN Workright and we also offer the Employability award and the ASDAN Towards Independence in Horticulture course.
Horticulture skills can lead to work placements and, in some cases, paid employment. The Grange has a dedicated Work Experience Co ordinator to help with this.