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A horticulture open day will take place in the new horticultural unit of the Parkmore Industrial Estate on May 27 from 10am to 3pm. The open day is in relation to a two year QQI certified course now on offer.

The course is designed to provide students with a broad range of skills and knowledge required to get work in a variety of roles within the horticultural industry.

The modules covered include plant identification, care and management, tools and equipment, growing vegetables, plant propagation, horticultural science, safe horticulture practice and work experience.

Students with prior awards or qualifications in any of these areas may receive exemptions from related modules.

The new Horticultural Unit at Ballybrit comprises all the facilities needed to provide a comprehensive and enjoyable course. These include a large polytunnel as well as significant space for growing fruits, vegetables, trees and shrubs.

Speaking about the course, Kevin Fitzgerald, centre manager of the National Learning Network in Galway, said: “This is a very unique and modern course where the modules are taught in interesting, practical and relevant ways.

We focus entirely on the students’ needs and work at a pace that suits everyone.”

Previous students of this course have progressed to employment in many different actions of the horticulture industry.

For further information, contact Bob Reilly on 091 756650 or on 086 0455506.