An 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.
The course which is available from 12 January 2015, can be accessed via www.htalearning.org.uk.
For the first time, Southern Water and 14 other organisations in the horticulture and water industries have combined resources and expertise to help horticultural staff recognise and implement best practice in landscape water efficiency.
Through four client-focused, modules the 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 not-for-profit organisation 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.”
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