Date – 8 June 2019
Time – 9:45 am - 3:00 pm
Where – The River School, Oakfield House, Droitwich Road, Worcester , WR3 7ST. View Map

Explore two contrasting horticultural settings in Worcester each focused on education. In the morning explore The River School ‘s lost garden, a garden brought back to life and used extensively as an outdoor classroom.  In the afternoon a visit to Link Nurseries, a community-focused horticultural centre providing therapeutic activities for people recovering from mental ill-health.

Meeting at 9.45am, for a short talk then tour of the lost garden – a Horticultural College garden being brought back to life. For 35 years after WW2 it was known as Oakfield Teacher Training College for Horticulture. With its reputation visitors came from 58 countries & at least 8 other Horticultural Colleges were founded by people inspired by it.

Following lunch at the Olive Grove, David’s Nurseries the afternoon will start at the Link Nurseries with the West Midlands and South Wales Annual Branch Meeting. An excellent opportunity for you find out more about the branch and their future event programme. Starting at 2pm, the meeting will last no longer then 45 minutes. If you wish raise any items at the ABM, please contact the branch before Tuesday 4 June via the email address below.

Following the meeting there will be a tour of the centre. Link is community-focused horticultural centre, providing therapeutic services and activities for people recovering from mental ill-health, along with plant and produce sales. Warwickshire College Group (who owns Pershore College) manage Link supported by the Bransford Trust and the Friends of Link Nurseries.

Location of venues: The River School, Oakfield House, Droitwich Road, Worcester, WR3 7ST. The Olive Grove, David’s Nurseries, Ash Lane, Worcester, WR3 8TB. Link Nurseries, Hamilton Close (off Hospital Lane), Powick, Worcester, WR2 4NH.

CPD value: 4.5 points (Category 4).

Tickets: Members & Non-Members £7 (morning only).  Afternoon free, but donations/purchases help fund the centre.

To book your place or to find out more: Please email

Organised by the West Midlands and South Wales branch of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture.