Garden Design

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Garden design at London’s environmental college

Garden design is a unique profession that combines science with art. Turn your passion for nature and design into a meaningful career by transforming open spaces into beautiful oases.

Our tutors will help you gain industry-recognised qualifications and encourage you to get involved in environmental landscaping projects. You will also have the opportunity to showcase your designs in national competitions, and visit renowned gardens, parks and public spaces to inspire your work.

Adult education

Why come to Capel Manor College​

Over the last 50 years, we have helped thousands of school leavers and adults achieve their dream of working with animals, plants and the environment.

  • London's only environmental college​
  • Alternative to sixth form
  • Valued by land-based employers
  • Help create sustainable and innovative green spaces
  • Boost your career​
  • Taught by industry experts​

Andrew landed skills that matter

I have increased my confidence in my abilities, and it has helped me rediscover my love for drawing. The course also helped me improve my design skills and horticultural knowledge. Andrew studied Level 1 and Level 3 garden design courses at Capel Manor College.

Career prospects

Garden Designer

Being a garden designer can be a flexible full-time job enabling you to run your own business and work from home. Careers also include working as a designer for a landscape architect service or a garden design practice.

Interior Landscaper

Design, arrange and care for living plants in enclosed environments. Be responsible for designing indoor planting schemes with colour and focal points in offices, shopping centres, restaurants, and more.

Heritage and Conservation

Help manage the design of historic gardens and green spaces around the world. Work for organisations or charities like the National Trust, or other prominent gardens and estates.

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  • By bus: 157, 358, 410, 249, 432, 322, 417, 3, 363, 202 and 931

    By rail: Served by Crystal Palace Station (from Victoria, London Bridge and Dalston Junction)

  • By car: The Campus is situated just off junction 25 of the M25 and the A10 Southbound

    By rail: Served by Turkey Street Station (from Liverpool Street Station), the College is approximately 20 mins walk from Turkey Street

    By bus: Buses 217 and 317

  • By bus: Jevington Way, Alnwick Road, and Mottingham Way stops are within five minutes' walk of the Campus

    By rail: Mottingham station is a 23 minute walk from the Campus, with regular services to London Charing Cross, London Bridge, Cannon Street and Dartford

    By car: Mottingham Campus is located on Mottingham Lane, just two minutes’ drive from the A20 Sidcup Road/South Circular Road roundabout

  • By tube: The Campus is very well served by tube stations on various lines including Regent’s Park (Bakerloo line), Great Portland Street (Hammersmith & City, Circle and Metropolitan lines), Baker Street (Hammersmith & City, Circle, Jubilee, Metropolitan and Bakerloo lines) and Camden Town (Northern line)

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