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Gardens have played an immense role in helping people cope with coronavirus and for some the result will be career changing.

Helping other people, being outdoors, working with plants and doing something more worthwhile are often factors in why people choose to take up social and therapeutic horticulture.

If you are thinking about such a career change, then Thrive training can help.

An obvious question if you are a newbie is what is social and therapeutic horticulture (STH) all about?

Thrive offers an online course that provides the ideal overview, and the even better news is it’s free.

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STH falls under the umbrella of Green Care which incorporates a number of fields, such as care farming and animal-assisted therapy.

Green Care means targeted therapeutic or treatment interventions which are specifically designed for people with a defined need and are delivered by trained/qualified practitioners.

You can find out more via another free online course we run.

For people who have done those courses and want to move into more detail, our Social and Therapeutic Horticulture Practice blended course offers 20-28 hours of flexible and interactive learning with our training team over two weeks.

Another flexible learning offer from Thrive is the online Award in Social and Therapeutic Horticulture Programme Development which is aimed at anyone who is either an STH practitioner or is hoping to become one.

Over the coming months Thrive will be launching new online opportunities to study; meanwhile details of all our current training courses can be found here.