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Amenity Horticulture II

Course CodeBHT325
Fee CodeS3
Duration (approx)100 hours
QualificationStatement of Attainment

Learn about the development and planning of horticultural assets for amenity purposes

Who manages amenity horticulture sites? These days many different professions are involved in the management of natural and designed landscapes, including architects, town planners, engineers, landscape architects, environmental scientists, sport and recreation specialists, botanists, biologists, horticulturists and agronomists. Depending on the size and nature of the site, and the inputs required to manage that site, people from these (and possibly other) professions might be employed as specialist consultants, as site managers or as team leaders.

Take this course to develop your skills in horticulture management:

  • Enrol any time
  • Study from anywhere
  • Work at your own pace
 

 

Lesson Structure

There are 7 lessons in this course:

  1. Adapting Amenity Horticulture to Changing Needs
    • What is an amenity horticulture site
    • Challenges of amenity horticulture: political, social, economic, environmental
    • Management of Amenity horticulture sites
    • Defining a mission, vision, goals and activities planning
    • Ensuring that the above are reached or planned within a specified timeframe
    • Managing budgets
    • Managing human resources
    • Managing material resources
    • Managing natural resources
    • Management options
    • Amenity sites; horticultural displays
    • Management framework
    • Types of organisational structures
    • Chains of command
  2. Macro Panning for Amenity Land Provision
    • Macro planning introduction
    • What to plan for
    • Principles of neighbourhood planning
    • What is a community
    • Principles of leisure facility planning, including sports grounds
  3. Resources and Information
    • Information sources
    • PBL project to create and present a report that identifies, describes and uses up-to-date information sources relating to changing influences on the amenity industry
  4. Social, Cultural and Environmental Impacts
    • Introduction
    • Comparing positive and negative aspects of different factors
    • Examples of environmentally driven management decisions
    • Cultural, social and environmental issues
  5. Economic Impacts
    • Financing amenity horticulture sites
    • What are we funding
    • Funding sources
    • Funding amounts
    • Human resource management
    • Volunteer management
    • Material resources management
  6. Community Involvement
    • Amenity horticulture and the community
    • Where might you find community participation
    • Community needs or wants: not always the same
    • What motivates community involvement
    • Community participation to develop parks and playgrounds
  7. Developing a Management Plan
    • PBL project to create and present a management plan for an amenity horticulture site.
    • Components of a management plan
    • What to do to make those plans come true
    • Staff morale and enthusiasm
    • Involving the community so that they take responsibility
    • Solving the budget problem without cutting on services

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.

Aims

  • Identify optional management approaches for amenity horticulture sites.
  • Determine varying features of optional management approaches for amenity horticulture sites.
  • Explain planning concepts and processes used for provision of amenity land.
  • Identify and describe up to date information sources relating to changing influences on the amenity industry
  • Explain current social environmental issues as they evolve in a changing political climate, for example community involvement, sustainability, public/private partnerships
  • Explain current economic issues as they evolve in a changing political climate, for example community involvement, sustainability, public/private partnerships
  • Describe Methods of community involvement from user surveys and consultation exercises through to physical involvement using volunteer groups.
  • Explain the relationship between the amenity industry, government policies and communities.
  • Critically evaluate the means by which the community can be engaged with the amenity industry.
  • Determine the impact of community policies on local strategies
  • Determine relevant issues (social, political, economic and environmental) that relate to management of amenity sites.
  • Develop an appropriate management plan for an amenity site.

What Is An Amenity Horticulture Site?

An amenity horticulture site can be defined as ‘Land primarily used for recreation, pleasure, visual enhancement or environmental protection or improvement rather than for the production of economic crops’. Under this definition, there is a very broad spectrum of land uses for amenity horticulture sites, and no one management strategy can be applied to all types of amenity horticulture pursuits.

An amenity site is any land dedicated to any of the functions below, alone or combined:

  • Recreation
  • Education
  • Nature protection
  • Embellishment
  • Production of landscaping plants

Amenity horticulture can include natural parks, as they need some degree of plant and vegetation management, and also nurseries where plants are grown to be used in landscaping. It includes city parks, green belts and road landscaping. Broadly it includes all types of activities relating to landscaping.

Care should be taken not to confuse an Amenity Horticultural Site and ‘Civic Amenity Site’. The latter refers in the UK to council recycling facilities where skips, containers and sheds are located for residents to deposit their recyclable wastes.

Some sites are managed intensively, like nurseries, historical gardens and recycling sites; others require less input, for example, road landscaping and natural park management.

 

Challenges to the Amenity Horticulture Industry

The amenity horticulture industry has evolved with the use of landscapes by humans. In this respect the amenity industry is as old as humans, since when we started living in organised communities, decisions were made in respect to the location of dwellings, foraging and hunting areas, and other areas of community life. The larger the community, the more complex landscape planning that evolved.

Nowadays the amenity industry faces political, social, economic and environmental challenges:

  • Political: Policies decided by different groups define the landscape, be it urban or rural. They can be out of consent, or imposed. They can be of local scope, or international. In general the tendency now is to have consensus though, as democratic values are promoted as a valuable political regime in many countries of the world and globalisation becomes increasingly dominant. Fortunately, with those also come sustainability principles which promote community participation.
  • Social: Demographics are a key factor in changing the landscape. In many areas population pressure is impacting negatively on amenity sites, while in other areas population growth has meant that poorly managed areas receive sufficient funding to be properly managed. One of the latest social trends affecting the amenity industry is the greater community involvement in the management of public land.
  • Economic: Funding is crucial for any amenity site to survive, be it urban or rural, private or public. Funding can be done by making some profit from the area visitors or, as in the case of public funding, through allocating tax funds to an area annually. There are mixed solutions, where private amenity sites are economically supported at a certain percentage, and where public sites are supported through private donations.
  • Environmental: Pollution, population pressure, erosion, climate change, loss of diversity and invasion by exotic species are just some of the factors affecting amenity horticulture sites throughout the world.

Who Manages Amenity Horticulture Sites?

These days many different professions are involved in the management of natural and designed landscapes, including architects, town planners, engineers, landscape architects, environmental scientists, sport and recreation specialists, botanists, biologists, horticulturists and agronomists. Depending on the size and nature of the site, and the inputs required to manage that site, people from these (and possibly other) professions might be employed as specialist consultants, as site managers or as team leaders.

The management of a horticultural site typically includes the following tasks:

  • Defining a mission, vision, goals and activities planning
  • Ensuring that the above are reached or planned within a specified time frame
  • Managing budgets
  • Managing human resources
  • Managing material resources
  • Managing natural resources

What that means is that the manager must define where the organisation is going or, if that is already defined, how to get there with the resources available, in the time available. This usually means looking for more resources and solving problems related to the running of the amenity site together with the team that he or she is leading.

 



Meet some of our academics

Rosemary Davies Leading horticultural expert in Australia. Rosemary trained in Horticultural Applied Science at Melbourne University. Initially she worked with Agriculture Victoria as an extension officer, taught horticulture students, worked on radio with ABC radio (clocking up over 24 years as a presenter of garden talkback programs, initially the only woman presenter on gardening in Victoria) and she simultaneously developed a career as a writer. She then studied Education and Training, teaching TAFE apprentices and developing curriculum for TAFE, before taking up an offer as a full time columnist with the Herald and Weekly Times and its magazine department after a number of years as columnist with the Age. She has worked for a number of companies in writing and publications, PR community education and management and has led several tours to Europe. In 1999 Rosemary was BPW Bendigo Business Woman of the Year and is one of the founders and the Patron, of the Friends of the Bendigo Botanic gardens. She has completed her 6th book this year and is working on concepts for several others. Rosemary has a B Ed, BSc Hort, Dip Advertising & Marketing
John Mason Parks Manager, Nurseryman, Landscape Designer, Garden Writer and Consultant. Over 40 years experience; working in Victoria, Queensland and the UK. He is one of the most widely published garden writers in the world; author of more than 70 books and editor for 4 different gardening magazines. John has been recognised by his peers being made a fellow of the Institute of Horticulture in the UK, as well as by the Australian Institute of Horticulture.
Martin Powdrill25 years working in Telecommunications, IT, Organisational Development, and Energy Conservation & Efficiency, prior to setting up his own Permaculture consulting business. Martin has a Bsc (Hons) Applied Science (Resources Option), MSc Computer Studies, Permaculture Design Certificate. Martin volunteers with many local environmental and community groups, and facilitates discussions on climate change, peak oil, and transition towns. Martin has an allotment, and is currently enrolled in the Scottish Mountain Bike Leader Award programme. Martin’s goal as a catalyst for sustainable change brings together his strengths and experience in his environmental, project management, and business backgrounds.
Gavin ColeB.Sc., Cert.Garden Design. Landscape Designer, Operations Manager, Consultant, Garden Writer. He was operations manager for a highly reputable British Landscape firm (The Chelsea Gardener) before starting up his own landscaping firm. He spent three years working in our Gold Coast office, as a tutor and writer for Your Backyard (gardening magazine) which we produced monthly for a Sydney punlisher between 1999 and 2003. Since then, Gavin has contributed regularly to many magazines, co authored several gardening books and is currently one of the "garden experts" writing regularly for the "green living" magazine "Home Grown".


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