Henshaws green-fingered graduates create floral display with local charity

We were visited last week by two of our former students who delivered these beautiful flower troughs which they’ve created for this year’s graduation ceremony. During their time at Henshaws, Conor and Rachael attended work placements at Horticap, local gardens in Harrogate which provide training in horticulture for adults with learning disabilities.

Horticap flower deliverySince leaving College in 2014, both graduates now work at Horticap where they continue to develop their skills, as Phil Airey, Assistant Manager at Horticap explains. “We use horticulture as a resource to teach life skills and our motto is helping people grow. Many of our students are Henshaws graduates. When they are able to teach new students what to do, that’s really empowering.”

Rachael Horticap

Horticap teamed up with Henshaws for this latest project to create eight flower troughs to go at the front of the stage for Henshaws College graduation this month. Rachael (right) and Conor (below, left) worked with an instructor to select and arrange the plants, picking bright pinks and reds to go with the new College colours.

Phil added: “It’s really important that students retain these links with where they’ve come from. Rachael and Conor have been able to come back to Henshaws today to deliver the troughs and show staff and current students what they’ve been working on. We have a great history of working with Henshaws – long may it continue!”

Conor HorticapWe’d like to say a huge thank you to Phil, not only for all his help with this project but also for supporting four of our students every week on work experience over the past year. The troughs will be auctioned off after our graduation event this Friday so we hope to raise some money to help Horticap continue their fantastic work.

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