Students gain essential skills to build careers
16 February 2018 12:23 - 12:23
Horticulture lecturer Peter Fieldwick and his level 1 students have undertaken work to renovate an overgrown part of the grounds and turn it into a winter interest garden.
They divided and replanted Leucanthemum mixed with Allium bulbs in the front border and planted a mixture of evergreen and deciduous shrubs including three types of Cornus, Sarcoccoca confusa, Euonymus alatus, Mahonia x media ‘Charity’, Deutzia gracilis, Daphne odora ‘Aureomarginata’ , Skimmia japonica ‘Rubella’ and Enkianthus campanulatus. The idea of planting this mixture was to give students an idea of how plants can attract interest to gardens out of the summer peak season.
Peter approached Evergreen Exterior Services for plants as he has worked with them in the past both buying plants from them and selling to them.
They were more than happy to sponsor the garden as they are very keen to support students working towards a career in the industry.
All of the work has been undertaken by the Level 1 cohort of students, but all horticulture students will be working to maintain and improve the grounds over the coming year.
Students on the level 1 course progress to level 2 courses in horticulture or hard landscaping or move to a supported internship programme which gives them the skills needed when moving into the workplace as well as relevant work experience in the part of the industry that interests them.
Learn more about our history
Since the original 400-acre College farm was bought back in 1919, Plumpton College has certainly seen a lot of changes.
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