Horticulture students who have attended co-ordin8 develop and then use their skills and knowledge to produce quality plants from scratch. They do this using recycled materials such as plant pots and home made compost.
The students follow the whole plant production through, from the seed and the cutting to point of use or sale. These could include such a variety from exotic succulents and hardy shrubs for landscape use, edible crops ethically grown for a community kitchen to use, plus colourful cut flowers for local arts and crafts group to study and draw.
Clive Burton from Co-ordin8 says ‘TOR2 have also provided us with horticultural materials to recycle such as old black plastic pots, bark chip and cutting materials as well as access to parks and venues to develop horticultural skills, experience and knowledge in. In return we have exchanged plants that Co-ordin8 horticultural students have grown. These have been used in many local public green spaces and parks. We also have a site on Hollacombe Allotment Field where students learn how to grow and harvest a wide range of crops plus develop an awareness of environmentalism and garden wildlife provision.”
Co-ordin8 Gardener Stephen Algar says ‘ Our plants don’t have to be driven for miles on the back of a lorry to get here. That means that they have a ‘low carbon footprint’… in other words they are better for the environment!’
Co-ordin8 still has available places on its horticulture course for people with learning disabilities. No previous experience is required, just an interest. For any other information please contact : Mobile 07548943294 or