Free horticulture course for people with disabilities

Hortability is a bespoke programme designed by Central YMCA 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 is 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.


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)

Next course starts:

Spring 2022


RHS Garden Bridgewater
Occupation Rd
M28 2LJ

Get directions via Google Maps

“This course has got me motivated. Before the course, I was sat inside the house 24/7. I’ve enjoyed getting out of the house the most and meeting different people. I like chatting with other learners and helping them if they’re struggling. I want to get a job that’s anything to do with gardening.”

James - Hortability student, who is hearing impaired

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