One Planet Living: Day 26: 2017
I've been working on a couple of exciting projects for Unitec over summer. One of which has been creating a fantastic new on-line Certificate in Horticultural Services (Landscape Design). This is a six month level 4 course which introduces students to the fundamentals of landscape design, botany, soils, pests and diseases, design principles, from how to assess a site through to the creation of design drawings. Perfect for anyone who loves gardens and would like to start out on garden design as a career path.
One of the best things about the course is that you will not just learn about residential garden design - but how to design and create a sustainable garden. Sustainability principles, soil health, permaculture, companion planting, biodiversity, sustainable water use, plant selection and biological control are all introduced. Over 43% of Unitec's programmes now contain sustainability content and under the One Planet Strategy I helped Unitec create we are working towards sustainability content in 100% of their programmes by 2020. The goal is that any Unitec graduate will be able to act as a kaitiaki (environmental guardian) within their profession.
So if you are thinking about garden design and are passionate about making a difference check out this course which starts 27 February - http://www.unitec.ac.nz/career-and-study-options/landscape-and-garden-design/new-zealand-certificate-in-horticulture-services-landscape-design - in 6 months time you'll be able to design a sustainable residential garden!
My name is Carolyn Cox, I'm the Director of Green Businesss HQ.
I help businesses develop sustainability strategies, action plans and provide sustainability advice for businesses, industry sectors, education providers, and communities.
I am passionate about my family, sustainability, gardening, my bike, good food, movies, and doing stuff that is good for the planet.