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Practical Horticulture Skills - Professional Pruning Award Level 2

This course is part of our short course program looking to develop specific horticulture skills. The course is based at Birmingham Botanic Gardens. On successful achievement of the course this will lead to formal certification with City and Guilds.

Clipping with confidence: the ‘what, when and how’ of professional pruning

Learn about the skills, practical techniques and theory of propagation in the beautiful surroundings of Birmingham Botanical Gardens.
Units will include:
• Train and prune fruit trees
• Prune deciduous spring flowering shrubs
• Prune soft fruit bushes and cane fruit
• Cut hedges using petrol driven hedge trimmer

The course will be practical and hands on, with learners achieving the qualification by demonstrating the appropriate skills and knowledge. It will include topics such as:
• The basics – rules of thumb for general pruning
• Choosing the right approach for the right plant
• When is the correct time to prune?
• Encouraging fruit and flower
• Formal and informal hedge shaping
• Safe machinery / tool use, care and maintenance.

Students at our centre not only learn in the environment of the gardens but are also able to contribute to its care, maintenance and development. We frequently work alongside the gardeners to support them in the practical tasks that need carrying out on site, which means that you not only get a great experience, but also learn to carry out practical horticultural tasks to a very high standard.

All of the short courses will run for 6 weeks.

Course Info

Level 2 - Intermediate
Subject Area
Horticulture & Conservation
Course Type
Adult Part-Time
Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Next Start Date
Course Length
6 weeks

Entry Requirements

A keen interest in horticulture and knowledge to learn new skills.

Delivery and Assessment

Tutors at BMet Horticulture Academy all have relevant professional industry experience to ensure students acquire appropriate skills to take into the workplace. Learners will receive handouts, access to online resources and, where appropriate, be able to take home some of the plants they have propagated. You will be assessed by someone observing your practical skills and short answer question for each unit.


You can sign up for further six weeks courses in other areas of interest. Or progress on to our 18 week Level 2 City and Guilds Practical Horticulture Skills.