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The Royal Parks Guild plays a positive role in the apprenticeship scheme by arranging master classes, giving awards to mark individual achievement and providing mentoring when requested.

Apprentice masterclass, Royal Hospital Chelsea

Apprentice masterclass, Royal Hospital Chelsea

On Monday 14 May 2018, we held our second apprentice masterclass in support of the Guild’s Battlefield to Butterflies and the Guild’s partnership with The Royal Parks (TRP) in their Heritage Lottery Fund supported World War 1 project.

Twenty-five apprentices were given talks on the importance of plants in the living environment by Naill McEvoy of Scotscape; an update by Graham Dillamore of Historic Royal Palaces on the Battlefields to Butterflies feature being constructed by his team for the Hampton Court Flower Show; and garden design for shows by Andrew Fisher-Tomlin a RHS Gold Medal Winner and show judge.

Roger Sygrave of the Guild supervised the greenhouse practical session where wildflower turf, plugs and seeds were potted up, and laid out for growing on. These will be used in the features being constructed at Hampton Court and Brompton Cemetery as part of the World War 1 commemorations. Niall McEvoy of Scotscape in turn supervised the planting by apprentices of a living wall in the gardens of the hospital.

Nigel Thorne, The Royal Parks’ project manager of the Brompton Cemetery refurbishment scheme, asked the apprentices for their ideas on what features could be incorporated into the landscape design to renovate the Royal Hospital Chelsea plot in the cemetery. This is in preparation for a proposed stone memorial be installed on the same site for those TRP staff, and all gardeners, killed in World war 1. To do this the apprentices were split into five groups and given 15 minutes to agree three proposals to be presented to the class as a whole. Nigel has taken these away to consider these when finalising their design.

Our thanks go to Ron Willmore of the Royal Hospital Chelsea for use of the facilities and to the Pensioners who voiced support.

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