Learning – What is it?

We all seem to learn something everyday, in some shape or form, but what actually is meant by learning and how can I improve my own learning experience? The Oxford Dictionary provides a definition for learning [noun] as “The acquisition of knowledge or skills through study, experience, or being taught.” (https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/learning) Wikipedia provides a more extensive definition as: “Learning is the act of acquiring new or modifying and reinforcing existing knowledge, behaviors, skills, values, or preferences which may lead to

Lawn update – 9th September

The nights are starting to draw in quite quickly now; dark for 20:15. The past 2-weeks have seen a lot of rainfall and temperatures have been noticeably cooling. Work carried out over the past week: 1st September Grass height before cutting at 40mm = most at 75mm; some to 100mm; Soil temperature: 15C; Air temperature: 19C (time recorded = 5pm) 1 full box of grass clippings Intensive hand raking in the top area of the lawn to remove some moss which

The unfairness of funding of tertiary learners: Apprenticeships and degree programmes

Tertiary education: Further education and higher education. I am slightly confused over why the UK Government funds further education apprenticeship programmes, many up to £27,000 for an individual  (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/apprenticeship-funding-bands) yet does not fund higher education degree courses, which currently attract a tuition fee of £27,750 for an individual for a course (https://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/university-tuition-fees/). Why the contrast? The Government’s rationale for higher education tuition fee changes back in 2010 was that “Graduates who have completed their studies and become one of the country’s higher earners

Lawn update August

A busy month in August with holidays and warm, wet weather in the UK. 4th August: (1715 – 1740) Air temp: 20.1C; Soil temp: 18.8C Grass height: 60mm – 90mm; average = 80mm Grass cut at 40mm height 1 full box of clippings removed Small amount of earthworm activity A few mushrooms in the top part of the lawn Adjoining shrub/flower border hand weeded 7th August: (1330) Air temp: 19.7C; Soil temp: 17.7C Grass height: 45mm – 80mm; average =

Learning: Questioning and Challenging in Groundsmanship

There is a wealth of learning material available – online or offline – both open access, freely available and in closed platforms, especially those platforms managed by many colleges and Universities: The knowledge base is extremely broad. Knowledge, understanding and then the effective application of that which has been learnt is fundamental to workers who wish to be considered competent, good and capable at their job. However, interpreting and applying knowledge to workplace situations can be daunting, especially where many