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Horticulture is an industry that contributes £9 billion to the UK economy each year and employs some 300,000 people. It contributes to our food security, health, well-being and mitigating the effects of environmental change. The College has invested heavily in the facilities of the department which include:

  • Five hectares dedicated to horticultural practice
  • Landscaped gardens, lawns and decorative beds
  • Production polytunnels
  • Garden design studio
  • Small fruit area (orchard)
  • Turf management
  • Tropical glasshouses
  • Drawing studio – with A1 drawing boards and design software
  • Ornamental grounds
  • Sports and recreation areas
  • RHS Chelsea Flower Show

    Extended Diploma students will have the opportunity to work as team on the College’s garden exhibit at the Chelsea Flower Show (Gold Medal and best in category 2014, Silver Gilt medal in 2013, Gold and best in category 2012)

  • The Gardeners’ Question Time Garden

    Since 2001, the College has been home to the Potting Shed recording studio and garden for BBC Radio 4’s ‘Gardeners’ Question Time’; the garden was opened to the public in May 2002. Since then, a sell-out number of over 2,500 visitors come to the College to attend the GQT Summer Garden Party.