Free horticulture courses for disabled people

Hortability is a bespoke programme designed by YMCA Training and the Monday Charitable Trust to engage, support and train disabled people to start a career in the horticulture industry.

With its first two cohorts in Salford, the programme will be tailored to meet individual needs, with a reduced tutor-to-learner ratio, shorter days and specialised equipment. You will gain a good basic understanding of the horticulture industry while getting practical gardening skills in a realistic setting. You could go into a fulfilling career working in a wide-range of places from sports grounds to garden centres.


teenager inspecting plants
man teaching teenager on planting
What does the course cover?

The programme involves participating in a Practical Horticulture Skills course, a ten-day course designed to give you the skills, knowledge and confidence to begin your career as a horticulturist.

The course will lead to a nationally recognised City & Guilds qualification, the Level 1 Award in Practical Horticulture Skills.

You’ll learn a variety of skills such as:

  • Turf care and identifying weeds
  • Plant production and care for a planted area
  • Pruning techniques for a variety of plants
  • Applying fertilisers
  • Preparing soil and applying an organic mulch
  • Preparing and planting a hanging basket

For your assessment, you'll give practical demonstrations of the skills you learned throughout the course.


To enrol you must be:

  • disabled
  • over 18 years old
  • unemployed
  • interested in horticulture/gardening
  • able to complete a pre-course assessment

Course dates

10-weeks (one day per week)

Courses start:

Friday 23rd August 2019

Friday 8th November 2019


The Old Coach House
25 Bolton Road
M6 7HL

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What are you waiting for? Apply now!