James Wong to inspire at Pershore horticulture talk

Find out why horticulture can be one of the most dynamic, creative and rewarding industries at an evening with BBC broadcaster, best-selling author and ?Botany Geek? James Wong at Pershore College on 4 February.

James, who was most recently seen on our screens on BBC Two?s Great British Garden Revival, will be giving the free talk at Pershore College, part of Warwickshire College, on Tuesday 4 February at 7.30pm with the aim of inspiring young people to think about horticulture as a career.

James says, ?A career in horticulture is often completely unfairly dismissed as being un-academic, mundane and poorly paid. But that is simply not true! In reality horticulture can be one of the most dynamic, creative and rewarding industries out there ? with immense professional opportunities to earn a fantastic living. I?m living proof that any aspiring plant geek can get ahead and turn their passion into full-time profession. And after all, in how many industries do you get to pursue your biggest interest every day and get paid (well) for it??

?I?m setting out on a national tour of talks to set the record straight, revealing the huge range of opportunities out there and giving my personal tips and tricks on how to get ahead. 100% free and open to all, this talk is a chance for anyone who is studying (or even just considering studying) horticulture to learn from an insider?s perspective and ask the burning questions that Google has failed to answer.?

Tamsin Jones, Acting Principal at Pershore College, said, ?We are absolutely delighted to welcome such a high-profile speaker as James to Pershore to share his passion for horticulture with local people.

?Pershore is a national centre for excellence in horticulture, which is a key growth industry, and we offer lots of opportunities to study further and higher education courses, as well as apprenticeships and part-time courses. It?s estimated that there will be around 60,000 jobs created in the horticulture and agriculture industries over the next ten years, so there has never been a better time to think about it as a career and I?m sure James?s enthusiasm will spark a lot of interest.?

The talk is free to attend, but places are limited, so to book, go to www.warwickshire.ac.uk/jameswong.

For more information on the courses available at Warwickshire College?s Pershore centre, visit?www.warwickshire.ac.uk?or call 0300 45 600 49.

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