STUDENTS on the new East Lambrook Diploma in Horticulture course, which was launched in January this year, celebrated their success when their certificates were awarded by Mike Werkmeister, owner of East Lambrook Manor Gardens where the course is held.

The Malthouse, which is situated in the garden, was full of students and their families and friends.

Course tutor John Horsey said: “It was a lovely evening as everyone has enjoyed the course so much and they are now able to celebrate their achievements.

“All 12 students who started year one in January are looking forward to the start of year two in September, as well as welcoming a new first year group”.

Together with the awarding of certificates, John gave an illustrated report on the events, practical exercises and visits to other gardens during the year. He also described the proposed new courses at East Lambrook which will include garden history and a range of short courses.

The East Lambrook Diploma covers all areas of horticulture and gardening with practical as well as theoretical learning and is delivered at the famous East Lambrook Manor Gardens, near South Petherton, which were created by the garden icon Margery Fish.

The courses at East Lambrook are open to anyone with an interest in horticulture, whether for initial training or to increase their gardening skills, and the next intake for the Diploma starts on September 21.

Details are available from John Horsey on jonatrivendell@btinternet.com, phone 07811-446682 or come along to the Course Welcome evening on September 15 from 4.30pm to 7pm at East Lambrook.