NATIONAL PLANT SPECIFICATION

A simple set of guidelines to help aid the buying of plants.

WHAT IS THE NATIONAL PLANT SPECIFICATION (NPS)?

The National Plant Specification is a simple set of guidelines to help aid the buying of plants. Using standardised sizes, forms and measures allows for a clear understanding of what to specify, and what to expect when the plants arrive. The NPS will help you to;

> Obtain like for like quotes from a range of suppliers.
> Accurately plan planting densities and numbers.
> Estimate handling, transport, storage and planting costs.
> Reject undersized stock.

IS THE COURSE RIGHT FOR ME?

The course is perfect for anyone involved in the design, specification, purchasing, handling or management of plants for landscaping schemes. Ideal for;

> Landscape Architects and Garden Designers.
> Grounds Maintenance and Parks Teams.
> Arboricultural and Horticultural Teams.
> Greenkeepers and Estate Teams.

WHAT WILL I GAIN?

Successful candidates will gain:

> NVQ Level 2/QCF 1 Unit in An Understanding of the National Plant Specification.
> Confidence when specifying, ordering, handling or maintaining plants.
> Knowledge of the sizes and forms of trees and shrubs available from UK nurseries.
> An insight into nursery stock production at James Coles & Sons (Nurseries) Ltd.

WHAT DOES THE COURSE INVOLVE?

The one day course will take place at our Syston Nursery. You’ll be greeted by our accredited trainer Vince Edwards, before being offered a drink and taking a seat in the classroom. The morning will consist mostly of theory work; going through the basic elements of the NPS and how it can be used as a tool to make specifying easier. During the afternoon you’ll be shown around the Nursery, putting what you’ve learnt into practise. All food and drink throughout the day will be provided, as well as all course materials.

HOW CAN I APPLY?

You can either click here to download an application form
give us a call on 0116 241 2115
or drop us an email by clicking here.

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