Industry comes together for new water conservation course

Amenity horticulture organisations and the water supply industry have come together to create a new course in water conservation.?The innovative on-line course leading to the new Certificate in Water Conservation will help industry professionals demonstrate high standards of sustainable, environmentally sensitive and cost-effective use of water in gardens, parks, sports grounds and all areas of amenity horticulture.

The course which is available from 12 January 2015, can be accessed via

For the first time, 15 of the leading organisations in the horticulture and water supply industries have combined resources and expertise to help horticultural staff recognise and implement best practice in landscape water efficiency:

Water Supply IndustryAmenity Horticulture Organisations
Affinity WaterAssociation of Professional Landscapers (APL)
Anglian WaterBritish Association of Landscape Industries (BALI)
South East WaterHorticultural Trades Association (HTA)
Southern WaterInstitute of Groundsmanship (IOG)
Sutton and East Surrey WaterRoyal Horticultural Society (RHS)
Thames WaterSociety of Garden Designers (SGD)
Water UKTurfgrass Growers Association (TGA)


Through four, client focused, modules this low-cost* hour long e-learning course provides landscapers, gardeners, designers and groundskeepers with the? knowledge to plan, build, establish and maintain grounds, landscapes and sites in ways that conserve water and manage it sustainably. Horticultural professionals and volunteers will be well equipped to take a leading role in demonstrating and promoting best water management practice and also, by example, inspire and inform the public.

By combining horticultural knowledge and skills with realistic scenarios of commercial horticultural practice and the insight of the water supply industry, horticultural staff and volunteers will be able to incorporate profitable water efficient practices within their businesses, and, importantly, commit to industry codes of practice.

Jacob Tompkins, Managing Director of Waterwise said, ?Since the drought in 2012 water companies and horticulturalists have been working closely together to develop this excellent course. This means horticulturalists will be able to demonstrate their expertise in water management and deliver beautiful practical landscapes that enhance water resources and the natural environment.?

APL/HTA Learning and Careers Manager, Penny Evans said, ?The horticulture industry is grasping the challenge to support employers in up-skilling their staff in the most cost-effective and accessible way. Using technology with best practice training design, creates highly interactive and impactful learning, which benefits the individual, business and industry?.

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