February 6, 2014

Michael Witherspoon

“While at school I became really involved in maintaining our garden at home, planting, pruning and trying out new shrubs, making sure it looked attractive throughout the year. With this interest in gardening and my love for working outdoors I knew the Extended Diploma in Horticulture was the course for me.

During the course I completed a period of work experience with Antrim Borough Council which introduced many different aspects of the sector; parks, cemeteries and even the sports turf facilities. When I completed my Level 3 qualification with a Distinction I decided to continue my education and study for a Foundation Degree in Horticulture. I graduated in June 2013 and I quickly secured full-time employment with Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, thanks to my qualifications from Greenmount Campus. I am now working as a Heritage Gardener in the fabulous Antrim Castle Gardens, which attracts thousands of visitors each year.”

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