Friday, July 12, 2013 - 15:00

Eden Project horticulture apprentice Becky Cross has won the prestigious Duchy College Rosewarne Steve Parsons award for Greatest Personal Achievement at a ceremony in the Wesley Chapel in Camborne.

Becky has been an apprentice at Eden since September 2012. The special horticulture apprenticeship allows people to get paid while they learn, with a training allowance funded by the Finnis Scott Foundation, a charity that supports horticulture, plant sciences and the arts.

During her apprenticeship, Becky has been able to work in a myriad of different areas of Eden, including the Rainforest Biome, the Mediterranean Biome, the outdoor gardens and outer estate, as well as the Nursery, which is based near Pentewan.

As well as receiving advice and support from Eden’s horticultural team, she attends Duchy College Rosewarne once a week to work towards completing her Level 2 Diploma in Work Based Horticulture, a qualification widely recognised within the industry.

Becky said: “I wanted to get a qualification in Horticulture and work somewhere new, so the Eden Project is a perfect choice as the work I do there is so varied.

“During the day a week at college, my tutor gives us the knowledge and the understanding behind our practical work. I like the fact that both aspects come together to create a complete experience which is really fun and informative.”

Becky was presented with the Steve Parsons Award, which is one of the top two awards given by the principal Andrew Counsell at Duchy College, for the outstanding contribution and progress throughout her apprenticeship.

She also received the runner-up prize for the Apprentice Award at the recent Cornwall College Student Star Awards, in which she was selected from across the seven sites under the Cornwall College Corporation.

Don Murray, Head of Horticulture at Eden, said: “Becky is both a talented and gifted horticultural student who represents the British horticultural profession as one of its brightest stars - something which the horticultural industry needs right now.

“During her time here at Eden, Becky has been an outstanding apprentice who has gained vital practical work experience and relishes the rigours of professional horticulture. She gives me a sense of hope for the future of the industry.”

Becky is now embarking on a bright future in horticulture and has already secured a trainee position with the Professional Gardeners Guild.

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