The Biodiversity course in RHS Level 2 covers how horticulturalists can use their plant knowledge, planting styles and plant selections to enhance biodiversity.
This course is the new syllabus and will be available to start subject to RHS accreditation in September 2022. Some lessons and tutors may change slightly depending on the course and filming structure.
You’ll learn about the food chain, the relationships between primary and secondary consumers, the impacts of climate change on plants.
We’ll look at the importance of habitats within horticultural sites, the role of citizen science projects to monitor biodiversity and the concept and impacts of biodiversity action plans.
The course includes RHS student registration fee and exam fees (based on in-person exams). You'll learn the syllabus for the RHS Level 2 exams and RHS Level 2 qualification. Exams are run separately by the RHS.
Plants and biodiversity
Impact of climate change
Citizen science and species surveys
Biodiversity Action Plans
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Meet Dr Noel Kingsbury
Kingsbury's garden writing is among the best you will find in the English language.
Noel Kingsbury is an international garden designer and writer on gardening, plant sciences and related topics. He is best known for his promotion of naturalistic planting design in gardens and designed landscapes (e.g. the 1996 publication of 'The New Perennial Garden', pub. Frances Lincoln, London), and his 25 year collaboration with Dutch garden and landscape designer Piet Oudolf on books on planting design. He writes sometimes for The Daily Telegraph, Gardens Illustrated magazine and The Garden - the membership magazine of the Royal Horticultural Society. He has worked with Prof. Nigel Dunnett, of the University of Sheffield on the first book in English on green roof and related 'green architecture' technologies. In collaboration with Tim Richardson Kingsbury has edited Vista, the Culture and Politics of Gardens and co-chairs events at the Garden Museum in London under the title 'Vista'. He has worked with several notable garden photographers, such as Marianne Majerus and Andrea Jones.
Kingsbury earned a doctorate from the University of Sheffield in 2009, for a thesis on the Long term performance of ornamental herbaceous vegetation. He continues to research in this area.
Kingsbury has also written a history of plant breeding, Hybrid, The History and Science of Plant Breeding (2009).
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