My name is Vikki and I opened Plant & Play Wildlife Garden in May 2014. I obtained a Zoology degree from Queen’s University Belfast in June 2013 before starting work as a training officer teaching City & Guilds Level 2 Work Based Horticulture.
Working with a diverse group of trainees across Northern Ireland, I guided over 40 candidates through the Level 2 qualification within a 6 month period. I have always had a keen interest in horticulture, conservation and teaching others.
I have over 8 years experience in the voluntary sector, working with families and children. I have assisted in training volunteers to develop biological survey skills, horticultural and practical conservation techniques. Prior to this, I spent 10 years working within the business industry, primarily in purchasing and administration.
I love what I do!! There is nothing more rewarding than having a job you are passionate about, teaching others about the great outdoors and being able to have a working environment that my son adores! Plant & Play is all about families spending time together, out in the fresh air, having fun in a relaxing environment. Since opening the garden I have worked with many children, families, school groups
and voluntary groups. I have hosted more birthday parties
than I can count and some weeks I see over 200 children coming through and learning about nature and our environment!
My qualifications include:
BSc (S) Zoology – Upper 2:1
Level 4 Management Diploma – Chartered Management Institute
HNC Business Administration
I have obtained:
DAT1 Access Check (January 2014)
Access NI Check (currently being updated)
Emergency First Aid at Work (March 2014)
Paediatric First Aid (March 2014)