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Neil Rowbottom C&G Hort. ND Hort.

Advanced Dip hort. RHS Cert/Dip. Cert Arbor. Cert Ed. Dip Man Studies

Price Band B

Based in North Lincolnshire


Neil showed an early interest in horticulture whilst attending Secondary School – spending spare time helping with the grounds. On leaving school he took a three year apprenticeship Gardener at the local Parks Depart – moving around to gain experience in all aspects of amenity horticulture including a year on a municipal Golf course.

After completing the apprenticeship and day-release classes he then moved on to a full time course at Askham Bryan College, a 3 year National Diploma.

 Neil was then employed as a Horticulture / Arboriculture Technician at the college for a further 3 years and developed the Woodland Garden as a major feature.

Wanting to gain more knowledge he then went to Writtle College to study for the Advanced Diploma course in general horticulture, covering both commercial & amenity.

 Neil then began a lecturing career in 1980, which continued for 33 yrs.

This involved working at the three colleges within the county of Lincolnshire , Riseholme / Caythorpe / Holbeach and involved the progression from a Lecturer to Head of Department. This period saw changes as the colleges have been, in order, part of De Montfort University / Lincoln University and to date, Bishop Burton College.

Neil’s work included the development of commercial units at the three sites, development of a Health & Safety Policy for the Horticultural area and developing links with the local employers   

 His teaching duties covered all levels of Horticultural, Arboricultural and RHS courses as well as Plant / Soil Science, ornamental horticulture, turf, Arboriculture / forestry (Chainsaw Instructor)

Neil has trained students and gardeners in colleges, stately homes and private gardens in Britain and in France. He continues to undertake teaching of a general horticulture nature as well as more specialised training/pruning/felling projects where this ability of training staff during or alongside practical work placed projects can be of real benefit to garden owners, their staff and for the long term good of the gardens.