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Gardening and Horticultural Activities & Career ideas

Gardening and Horticultural Activities & Career ideas

From career cards to quizzes this page gives you resources on the gardening and horticultural industry. Check back regularly as we update this page with more resources.

Careers in this sector

Helen Shipton-Smith- Helen’s Herbs

Click here to complete a quiz about Helen’s career whilst you are watching.

Download our Career Cards below to find out about how people started out and developed their careers in this industry.

National Trust – Wordsworths House in Cockermouth with Amanda Thackery, Alex Morgan and Sian Lawson © www.stevenbarber.com

Cumbria Wildlife Trust

Get Cumbria Buzzing

Can you identify Pollinators in your garden or during your daily exercise walk? 

Fundamental to the web of life, pollinators help provide one-third of the food we eat, pollinate more than 80% of our flowering plants and contribute around £690 million a year to the UK economy.  Pollinators are vital to creating and maintaining the habitats and ecosystems that many wildlife rely on for food and shelter.

However, our wild pollinators are in trouble.  More than half of UK bee, butterfly and moth species have declined in the past 50 years, and 30 species of bee’s face extinction.

Can you spend just 10 minutes a day out in your garden recording the number of Pollinators in your garden to give the CWT vital information on pollinators across Cumbria. The records that you collect will be added to the Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre database, providing county and national records.

Use the Bumble Bees and Butterfly spotter guides to identify your species to record on your pollinator recording sheet

There is also a useful guide on how to record the buzz!

Why not try the Pollinator Quiz and receive a certificate and a FREE packet of seeds  (100% correct entries only) kindly donated by Oakhurst Garden Centre, Cockermouth.

Additional activities and resources

How can I teach my children about which types of soil are good for growing plants?

Download this handy fact sheet to learn about the different types of soil that you might find on your allotment and which ones are best for plant growth. KS2 children will find this most useful in determining whether their plot contains clay, sand, silt, loam, chalk or peat soil and how the different characteristics can affect conditions and plant growth. Perfect for a topic on where food comes from or for a gardening club.

Simple gardening club ideas by RHS

Running a gardening club is a great way to kick start gardening in schools – it can be done even without a garden! Use these 10 simple ideas for each term to help you begin. Find out more here.