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Holly Goodfellow
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Holly Goodfellow – Personal Statement

After experiencing several career changes I decided to go into horticulture which I find most fulfilling and rewarding.  I grew up around an enthusiasm for all plants and gardening.  I applied for the HHSS Scheme as it was an opportunity to help me realise my dream of working in the horticulture industry.

I am currently 8 months into my 14 month traineeship and thoroughly enjoying and enthralled by my surroundings, the diversity of horticulture and how I am constantly learning new things. 

The traineeship with HHSS is very much practical based.  I am working towards gaining an RHS Level 2 Certificate in Practical Horticulture.  This involves practical assessments in soil testing, plant care, all forms of propagation, health and safety, use of machinery and tools, the different types of pruning and ground preparation for seed sowing which includes single and double digging.  We also have a weekly Plant identification test along with creating our own Plant profiles.

I am starting to work on my Lantra Level 3 Award in Creating a Planted Area for a Heritage Site.  I have been given an area of herbaceous border – currently I am lifting, dividing and transplanting all the plants that have been there for years.  This to me is an invaluable learning curve and experience.  It is really exciting picturing it and coming up with ideas for seasonal growth, colour and how it will all fit together.

It is hard to think of what is the most enjoyable part of horticulture.  To me I think it all lies in the together as there are four diverse seasons in which many things happen for different reasons.  Maybe it is always asking why? For example why prune at this time of year?  It is a privilege to me to be around so many amazing things daily – watching the whole cycle of plant life – I know there will never be an end to gaining knowledge and learning new things.