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Melissa 2003-2005

Melissa Morton, Former Horticulture Student, 2003-2005

‘I have fond memories of studying Horticulture as an evening class at Shipley College. Barry Jennings (Royal Horticultural Society tutor) encouraged me to study the RHS General and RHS Advanced certificates (at the same time!) to ensure I trained to the level best for me. His breadth of knowledge and commitment over the modules delivered was inspiring. Back then, I recall searching for part-time evening classes within a large commutable area from home(Ilkley) as I was working full time. There was little available locally and felt fortunate that Shipley College offered something which challenged me. I particularly enjoyed the soil science and the practical workshops in propagation in the glasshouses. I understand Alan Titchmarsh, who also came from Ilkley, studied at Shipley College. I met him before starting at Shipley and again more recently. It's great that the college continues to inspire Horticulture. I now work as a Garden Designer & Horticulturalist and set up my own garden design business in 2011. I recently won a HOUZZ 'Best of Customer Service' award for my work.’

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