Last week, the Level 3 Horticulture students from Brooksby Melton College were invited to join a group of volunteers at the brand new ‘Get Busy Living’ Rehabilitation Centre in Burrough-on-the-Hill near Melton Mowbray.
The students braved the chilly late November weather to help plant some trees along the Centre’s driveway, with the Centre’s volunteers explaining the design of the landscape as they worked.
The first of its type in the country, the £1 million ‘Get Busy Living’ Rehabilitation Centre provides support, advice, relief and treatment for people who have suffered a serious injury or disability through participating in sports activities.
The Horticulture students from BMC will be supporting the Centre going forward, using their horticultural skills to help with the development of the surrounding landscape.
Grace Smith, Level 3 Horticulture student, commented ‘I enjoyed being a part of something for a good cause. It will be fantastic to look back in a few years and be able to see the tree that I planted during this visit. In the future, this would be a great thing to include on my CV. I enjoyed every second even though it was freezing!”
BMC Horticulture lecturer, Mike Salotti, commented ‘Visiting the ‘Get Busy Living’ centre was a fantastic experience for our Level 3 Horticulture students. They were able to gain valuable experience of planting over thirty Fastigiate Hornbeam trees along the centre’s driveway.’
Horticulture students at BMC benefit from participating in a variety of enrichment activities, enabling them to develop a wide range of horticultural skills to aid them in their future careers. Spanning 850 acres, the specialist land-based Brooksby Campus at BMC gives Horticulture students the opportunity to learn from over 5 acres of formal gardens, which house a wide range of plant species. Students have also recently benefitted from brand new glass houses, which feature automatic vent and temperature controls, ensuring optimum plant-growing conditions.