Peter Duignan

What subjects do you teach?

I teach Horticulture at Merrist Wood. The main topics I cover are Plant Propagation and Plant Maintenance.

How many years have you been teaching?

I have been involved in education since 2014. Previous to Merrist Wood, I worked with a charity organisation designed to get young people trained and established in the Horticulture industry.

What do you enjoy about teaching adults?

I enjoy helping people realise their own potential and seeing them gain the confidence needed to apply the knowledge they acquire while with me.

What got you into horticulture?

I spent time working in the industry on a part time basis when I was a school leaver. I tried other career paths for a few years but nothing gave me the satisfaction I gained from work in Horticulture and landscaping. For this reason, I returned to study as a mature student. Since completing my degree course, I have been employed full time in the industry. I am proud of what I have achieved and endeavour to convey this to everyone that is interested in learning about it.

What other passions do you have?

I care about the environment.

Why should someone join your classes?

Activate Learning classes are a very good way for adults to have a taste of what is to offer at Merrist Wood College. The courses are very good value and are delivered in an environment that is steeped in history at the site.