Our horticulture department supports students in their learning and personal development.  As with all the departments, there is a mixture of life skills, combined with vocational learning and emotional support provided through the subject of horticulture.  Both groups maintain the grounds around Cantray Square and the college’s training facilities.  

Here is a flavour of what is on offer from our Horticulture Department:

  • Enter local horticulture shows (Black Isle Show, Nairn Flower Show, Inverness Flower Show) 
  • Work on building individuals confidence
  • Produce veg for sale to the public and staff, use it to make homemade soup, apple pies etc. 
  • Learn about team building and helping each other 
  • Produce plants for sale in the shop and for displays around the college and shows. Taking orders for baskets and containers from the public.
  • Maintain a large area with a space for everyone to work inc. a raised bed to grow own produce from start to finish, fruit garden, polytunnel, greenhouse and herbaceous border
  • Life skills, promoting independence throughout the learning process
  • Making Christmas produce, hyacinths and wreaths for sale to public
  • Helping the local community with events such as bulb planting or clearing

Horticulture Enabler - Ann Torrance

Ann has a background in plant biology having worked at East Malling Research Station and the University of Edinburgh. In 2011 Ann gained a MSc. in Sustainable Rural Development and she has an interest in promoting growing your food and local food networks. Ann also spent 3 year working at Drummond School in learning support. She joined Cantraybridge in 2013 and in 2015 helped to create and run the market garden. Ann is keen to encourage her students to be involved in all aspects of horticulture and appreciate how we can sustain-ably grow our food and care for the environment at the same time.

Horticulture Enabler - Amanda Morrison

Amanda has worked in horticulture for 20 years and came to Cantraybridge in 2015 to help create and run the market garden.  Amanda's role includes working with students, raising plants from seed to harvest, using organic gardening methods, and welcoming community and school groups for visits and activities.  Aside from growing, she is also very keen to promote awareness concerning sustainability, diversity and recycling.

Supporting young adults to reach their potential

About the College

Cantraybridge promotes the skills and talents of young people with disabilities. We champion the rights of young people by creating opportunities to learn and grow.


We support our students to develop skills equipping them for work. We empower our young people through a managed transition from college to enhance their employability.

Independent Living

We provide accommodation for 20 students attending College. Residents develop their independent living skills whilst they are here in preparation for living in a place of their own.

Cantraybridge Cafe and Venue Hire

Our Cafe and Venue Hire, Market Garden and the visitor facilities at our Aviary department. We are open from Monday to Friday 10.00 pm - 3.00 pm

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