IOG Young Board director Anthony Facey attended the Redcross Gardens, a beautifully presented garden tucked away within walking distance from London Bridge Station, to talk to horticultural students, within the Future Gardens inititiative, about his groundsmanship role at Tottenham Hotspur FC.
He was greeted by Louisa Mansfield, project manager and lead gardener for the charity Bankside Open Spaces, who leads a team of [mostly] volunteers that help to transform lots of green spaces in London to make them more welcoming to the public.
Anthony gave his talk to a group of part-time students which are are currently into their third week of a 10-week City and Guilds horticulture qualification and hope to get a job in the industry.
According to Anthony: "The age of these students were varied and not our usual young crowd and I was very impressed with the content of the course considering it is offered for free.
"The course is available to everyone, although local and young people get preferred access to the scheme along with the long-term unemployed. Course leaders also consider people wanting a career change but it’s proving to be very popular with an ever growing waiting list.
During the day, Anthony spoke to students about what a potential career in groundsmanship could offer them and what type of work ethic is expected in return. "I got many questions back and many also showed interest in the technical side to our job which was encouraging," Anthony explained.
The Bankside Open Spaces Trust was set up in 2000 by a group of local people with an aim to improve the area, making it greener and a more beautiful place to live and work. Since then the charity has helped to create and look after over 45 individual parks and gardens in a relatively small area of built-up central London. These include Red Cross Garden, Waterloo Green, Diversity Garden, Marlborough Sports Garden, Tate Modern Community Garden, Crossbones Garden and Mint Street Park.
The Trust has received numerous awards including the UNESCO Man and Biosphere award, London in Bloom Champion of Champions and the MPGA London Spade for our community gardening partnerships.The team works closely with local people to ensure that open spaces are created and managed with the involvement of residents, community groups and businesses - with regular gardening groups, parks steering groups, public events, educational projects and horticultral advice.
"The young board are happy to attend these types of events so if if anyone out there is planning a similar and would like more inforamtion on a career in groundsmanship contact the IOG's Young Board of Directors at: firstname.lastname@example.org," Anthony concludes.