THE Mayor of Rotherham went back to his horticultural roots this week.
Coun Shaun Wright, of Rawmarsh, met the first horticultural apprentices based in the town’s Clifton Park for over 20 years.
Local lads Joe Turner and Patrick Davis completed a 12 month horticultural placement in the 54-acre park, successfully gaining their Level Two NVQ Diploma in Amenity Horticulture at Rotherham College of Arts and Technology.
Coun. Wright was particularly interested, having worked in Urban Green Spaces for nearly 30 years since the age of 16, when he left school to take up a horticultural and management apprenticeship then went on to gain the Royal Horticultural Society Certificate.
Also in attendance were Joe and Patrick’s replacements, apprentices Joe Rodgers and Kyle Campbell, who started the 12 month course this week.
They will learn traditional park planting in the Memorial Garden, the maintenance and pruning of overgrown shrub areas and new planting schemes, such as a history bed near the museum.
Mr Wright added: “This brought back great memories for me because the apprenticeship scheme gave me an excellent start. I am very proud that Rotherham has reinstated the roles and I am sure any apprentice here will gain a huge amount from the experience.”