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Dr. Gilly Howard-Jones RN, Centre Head for Maggie’s Cancer Support, Southampton will be at the Home from Home stand in the Discovery Zone to officially switch on the garden’s lighting for its Gothic-style stained-glass windows. A beautiful gesture that also symbolises the guiding light of care and support that Maggie’s Centres bring to all that visit them.
Gilly, who previously has worked as a cancer nurse specialist at University Hospital Southampton knows the importance of the charity which provides free emotional, and practical advice for people living with cancer together with their family and friends and looks forward to officially introducing the Home from Home garden created proudly in support by Sparsholt College.
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Horticulture at Sparsholt College Hampshire
Sparsholt College Hampshire has a long history of Chelsea medal success achieving nine Gold medals, four Silver-gilt medals, six Silver medals and three Bronze medals since 1998. It offers a range of courses at its Winchester campus which boasts five hectares dedicated to horticultural practice, including the Gardeners’ Question Time Potting Shed, landscaped gardens, lawns and decorative beds, a garden design studio, tropical glasshouses, an orchard and ornamental grounds providing a wide variety of plants for identification and analysis.
Sparsholt College offers the following Horticulture courses:
Sparsholt College Hampshire
Set in beautiful Hampshire countryside, close to Winchester, Sparsholt College Hampshire is renowned as one of the UK’s leading land-based colleges with a national and international reputation for excellence.
Studying at Sparsholt College offers the perfect blend of hands-on training within superb industry-standard facilities, taught by real experts and specialists.
The College has continued to invest in its campus, with a further £2 million investment in Animal Health & Welfare facilities planned to open in September 2020. Home to The National Zoo Academy, the licensed zoo currently houses over 1,200 animals from 200 species. The extensive campus facilities also include an Equine Centre with new Rider Performance Studio, featuring a state-of-the-art Racewood Eventing Simulator plus up to 75 horses, one indoor and three outdoor arenas.
The sporting complex includes the largest collegiate climbing wall in the region and a modern new building is home to the Motor Vehicle and Agricultural Engineering department.
That’s not all – there is a Game and Wildlife Centre, outdoor rifle range, a fishing lake, a dedicated Aquatic Research & Conservation Centre plus a Fish Hatchery. The College has a 400-hectare farm with sheep barn, pig unit, beef barn, dairy unit and top of the range tractors. There are acres of gardens, glasshouses and polytunnels and the Horticulture Department is home to the BBC Radio 4 Gardeners’ Question Time Potting Shed as well as being Gold medal winners at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
Sparsholt College offers a whole range of courses from apprenticeships through to Master’s degrees. The subject areas include Agriculture, Animal Management and Zoo Biology; Arboriculture and Forestry; Conservation; Equine Studies; Fishery Studies and Marine Ecology; Game and Wildlife; Horticulture and Garden Design; Motor Vehicle; Sport and Outdoor Education; Veterinary Nursing, all rated Good by Ofsted in the College’s last two inspections. A wealth of short courses and industry-specific training is also on offer in these areas for professional development or leisure.
As a specialist college, Sparsholt has on-site residential accommodation for around 400 students from the age of 16, enabling students from around the country to benefit from courses that may not be available in their own region with round the clock care rated Outstanding by Ofsted.
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Centre Fundraising Manager Maggie’s Southampton: Gemma McKnight
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