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The Fruits of Nathaniel’s Labour

Posted on 2nd November 2017 in Horticulture

We’re proud to announce that one of our BSc (Hons) Commercial Horticulture graduates, Nathaniel Oliver, was awarded this year’s prestigious Worshipful Company of Fruiterers Scholar of the Year Prize.

The prize is one of a series of annual awards given out by the City livery company to recognise excellence in the industry.

Nathaniel received his Diploma, together with a cheque for £1000, from the Master of the Worshipful Company of Fruiterers, Dennis Surgeon, on the 25th October at the National Fruit Show Kent at the Kent County Showground, Detling.

This wasn’t the first accolade for Nathaniel, who was also awarded the Thanet Earth Fellowship in 2016, which saw him working on new product development (NPD) in a dedicated glasshouse at the College, growing and assessing trial varieties of tomatoes for their commercial viability.

Such is the huge industry demand for well-trained commercial horticulturists, Nathaniel had received five job offers before he had even graduated this summer. He is now employed as Junior Fruit Technologist at PrepWorld.

We are significantly developing our horticulture provision and investing heavily with our partnerships and expansion plans. 2018 will see the construction of our new £1.5 state-of-the-art 1,500m2 Venlo glasshouse, split into several compartments: a tomato centre, a pepper centre and research blocks used for dissertations and other student projects, such as LED light trials and propagation facilities.

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