Volunteers will now be able to access new courses in horticulture at PATT Foundation after the charity became an NOCN approved centre.

The Level 1 Award in Horticulture and the Level 1 Certificate in Horticulture are now being offered at the greenhouse site in Preston, East Riding of Yorkshire, allowing volunteers to gain special qualifications and practical skills while supporting the charity.

The charity has been working on improving environmental practices since 2005, through small and medium tree planting and reforestation projects that aim to educate communities in conservation around the world.

Steve Haigh, CEO of PATT Foundation said: “Education is incredibly important to PATT Foundation and is at the core of everything we do. Environmental sustainability is an increasing area of focus in horticultural organisations, so to be able to offer NOCN qualifications alongside our community projects helps us make more of a positive impact on our local environments and ecosystems as well as the planet.”

Horticulture and green skills are becoming increasingly sought after qualifications in a range of careers in the UK from conservation and growing to landscaping and land management as well as education and green technologies. Gardens and plants make contributions to ecosystems and native wildlife and are a great way for individuals to help the environment.

For more information about the courses on offer at PATT Foundation or to find out more about volunteering you can email the team at info@pattfoundation.org