Posted: 29/03/2016 at 13:59
I am a mother of 3 who after 8 years off work dreamed of working as a gardener. I spent 2 years whilst my youngest was at pre school studying RHS level 2 at home, and volunteering once a week at a large garden in Suffolk. I have now started a WRAG (work and retrain as a gardener) scheme, where I do 15 hours practical training a week for a year in a garden, with a small training allowance. I have also been offered a part time job in the garden where I volunteer! I know it sounds corny but I feel I am living my dream! My advice is get as much experience as possible. The WRAG scheme is brilliant and worth considering, as you don't always need a qualification to start and can study whilst training. It is run by WFGA (women's farm and garden association) and is open to men and women. Good luck!