Turf industry collaborates on Water Saving E-Learning project

by Tim Mudge

E-learning course for the industry embeds best practice in water conservation

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 in gardens, parks, sports grounds and all areas of amenity horticulture. The course which is available from 12 January 2015, can be accessed via www.htalearning.org.uk

For the first time 15 of the leading organisations in the horticulture and water supply industries have combined resources and expertise to help horticultural staff recognise and implement best practice in landscape water efficiency:

Water Supply Industry Amenity Horticulture Organisations

Affinity Water

Association of Professional Landscapers (APL)

Anglian Water

British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI)

South East Water

Horticultural Trades Association (HTA)

Southern Water

Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG)

Sutton and East Surrey Water

Royal Horticultural Society (RHS)

Thames Water

Society of Garden Designers (SGD)

Water UK

Turfgrass Growers Association (TGA)


Through four, client focused, modules this low-cost* 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.

“This unique initiative between two diverse sectors, with common goals, shows what can be achieved with a positive attitude. We are very proud to have been involved from inception through to delivery and we will be encouraging every member of the TGA to get their key staff certified in water conservation and also asking members to speak to their customers who would benefit from completing the course.” said Tim Mudge, TGA Chief Executive

Jacob Tompkins, Managing Director of 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.’

APL/HTA Learning and Careers Manager, Penny Evans said, ‘The horticulture industry is grasping the challenge to support employers in up-skilling their staff in the most cost-effective and accessible way. Using technology with best practice training design, creates highly interactive and impactful learning, which benefits the individual, business and industry’.

*We are offering an introductory price of £10 plus VAT per learner (until mid-July 2015). The course comprises of an inspirational video, eLearning module, an assessment and download of a personalised certificate once successfully passed.