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Woodcock - Horticulturist - Rotherham, South Yorkshire, UK

Neil Woodcock

Rotherham, South Yorkshire, UK




It was while studying Horticulture at Dinnington College, Dearne Valley College and Mexboro Nurseries I learned the common names, veriety and genusof a collection of plant species,their latin names and how how each should be propogated.

As a Horticulturalist at Fosters Garden Centre my main duties were to maintain the health of all plants for sale, this entailed watering, weeding, repotting and taking cuttings. There are a variety of ways I learned Propogation,this is removal of growth from a plant to produce others. As well as sowing and taking cuttings I also mastered Division and Stratification depending on species.

Work History



From April 2013

As a long standing volunteer with The Conservation Volunteers I have two roles.In my duties as External Communications Officer I assist members of staff effectively ensuring that all correspondence makes it to post within time specified. A compiled list of those adressses kept on database are checked by me and altered in accordance to new information to ensure mail is delivered to it's right adress or may aready have been sent. All invoices,Drivers applications and corespondence from conservation groups are filed away in alphatetical files. Information from training courses and Working Holiday feedback forms are copied onto data, this is my responsibility. Packing and sending TCV mercandise to other UK offices is from time to time a duty I have performed to satisfaction.
My outdoor tasks as TCV Conservation Volunteer will also prove me to be proactive, Hedgelaying, Drystone walling, Tree Planting and Felling, Vegetatation Clearance and erecting a fence are all skills I have gained with TCV Trainer and Volunteers. I also possess First Aid and Health and safety Knowedge.

Landscape Maintainance Officer

Heeley City Farm

April 2010 - December 2010

Here I worked on a short term employment program as a Grounds Maintainance Officer. This meant I was given the training needed to follow up on my chosen career while being paid for my services. While there my duties were to prune vegetation, weed paths on site and around Heeley City Farm making a clean and safe environment for visitors to enjoy. This job gave me the oportunity to learn new skills and build on those I have already gained. I learned how to make a Round House with wittle and daub, working as a team we constructed the framework and weaved in the willow to create the roof. As a project given to each of us I was able to display my hedgelaying skills.

NOS Volunteer

Nevada Outdoor School

May 2009 - July 2009

With the aid of BTCV staff I was given the oportunity of a BTCV International Working Holiday in Nevada, USA. It was here with two other British Volunteers we got to work on various conservation projects run by The Nevada Outdoor School (NOS) and The Bureau Land Management staff. Our tasks involved restoring both historical and aminity trails using shovels and pulaskis. We installed way markers which we recorded with a GPS unit. At Water canyon we planted new trees and dug irrigation channels from nearby stream. Fence erecting was perfomed to protect sand dunes, these are wildlife habitats against quad bikers. Any Debris and reclaimed mining posts were removed as we travelled further afield. We also helped prepare for The Rendezvous Festival an annual event held on The Playa.This involved pitching up a large marquee and marking out parking sites to protect wildlife.

Qualifications & Certifications

Oakwood Comprehensive

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