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Horticulture students at Sparsholt College have the advantage of studying in a 450 acre countryside campus, meaning that they are heavily involved in the maintenance of the landscape and grounds.

Ornamental grounds providing a wide variety of plants for identification and analysis, such as the English Rose wall in our Horticulture department and herbaceous flowering beds.

Our apple and pear orchard gives students the opportunity to learn about this sector of the industry, and are involved with the pruning and picking of the trees and fruit produced. In 2016, Sparsholt College’s apple cultivars, Malus domestica, was added to the National Plant Collection by Plant Heritage.

sparsholt horticulture facilities

Using dedicated hedge-plots and the campus grounds, students gain hands on estate skills such as hedge trimming, lawn edging and lawn mowing using industry-standard mechanical equipment.

Students are often involved in projects across the campus, where they are able to design beds and displays across the campus, and maintain the planting and weeding of decorative beds. Turf management is also learnt using our on-site football pitches and dedicated turfed recreational areas. The Horticulture department has soil testing facilities – allowing students to learn about conditions such as structure, texture and pH.