Horticulture Degree Students Benefit From Industry Conference
On the 4th February we held our annual Landscape and Horticulture Conference, attended by current Higher Education students studying both the BSc (Hons) and FdSc Horticulture programmes, as well as those on the FdSc Garden Management, HND Landscape Management and HND Garden Design programmes.
Guest speakers included Green Leaf, who provide urban tree planting; Provender Nurseries, a local supplier of nursery stock; Dr Howard Lee (a College lecturer and specialist in sustainable practices); natural stone providers, CED; Kinley Systems (who produce edging systems for landscaping); and Plantworks, a producer of mycorrhiza for use in plant establishment.
Speakers covered a range of topics from ‘natural stone’ and ‘innovative edge restraints for landscaping’, to ‘effective crop management using mycroryza fungi’ and ‘Peri-urban horticulture - ensuring tomorrow’s food security’.
Students took inspiration from a past BSc (Hons) Horticulture student, Sarah Titmus, who spoke about her experience of ‘life after Hadlow’ and gave an update on her cutting edge strawberry production research.
The series of talks were followed by a question and answer session. The students enjoyed looking at the stands brought by the speakers and made the most of the opportunity to talk through some of the technical details.
It was a well-attended event and provided the perfect opportunity for our students to network with Industry and also counts towards their CPD (Continuing Professional Development).