Horticulture students experience Iceland’s sustainable technology
A group of eight final year BSc Horticulture students have recently returned from a study tour to Iceland. Where they experienced the sustainable techniques used in glasshouses as well as seeing the sustainable use of geothermal energy in Icelandic Horticulture.
On arrival the students enjoyed a stop off at the Reykjavik Botanical Gardens, an outdoor collection of living plants founded in 1961, with a beautiful arboretum, ponds and birdlife.
Included in the trip was a visit to a geothermal exhibition where the students learnt about harvesting heat and energy used by the Horticulture industry. The study tour then followed on to visit several Nurseries to see first-hand how the energy was being used.
The students also visited the University in Hveragerði where they were shown various projects and food trials including coffee, bananas, peppers and tomatoes.
As a pleasant break from learning the students were able to experience swimming in an outdoor heated pool, heated directly by geothermal energy. That evening and night was spent in log cabins in the mountains.
Also included in the trip was a visit to the salad growing company Lambhagi who grow using NFT (Nutrient Film Technique), a hydroponic technique where a very shallow stream of water containing dissolved nutrients required for plant growth is re-circulated past the bare roots of plants in a watertight gully.
It was a very packed schedule, which included learning about a variety of sustainable techniques, as well as being extremely interesting the trip was also a lot of fun with the added bonus of seeing the Northern Lights!