Here you can find all information and resources needed for Press Enquiries regarding Sparsholt College’s 2024 RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden ‘Plants, Routes and Branches’.

 

  • For any media enquiries, please contact Courtney Sinclair from the College Press Team on:

    Tel:01962 797395

    Mobile: 07926074897

    Email: press@sparsholt.ac.uk 

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  • Horticulture at Sparsholt College Hampshire 

    Sparsholt College has a long history of Chelsea medal success achieving ten Gold medals, five 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: 

    • Level 1-3 Horticulture 
    • Level 2 Apprenticeship in Horticulture (Golf Greenkeeper, Sports Turf Operative, Horticulture or Landscape Operative) 
    • Adults can try their hand at a new skill or develop a long-held interest through the College’s part-time courses such as RHS courses including Practical Horticulture, Principles in Garden Planning Theory and Principles in Plant Growth Theory.   

     

    Sparsholt College 

    Set in beautiful Hampshire countryside, close to Winchester, Sparsholt College  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. 

     

    Industry-Standard Facilities 

    The College has continued to invest in its campus, with a further £2.5 million investment in Animal Health & Welfare facilities officially opened by HRH The Princess Royal in November 2022. Home to The National Zoo Academy, the licensed zoo currently houses over 600 animals. The extensive campus facilities also include an Equine Centre with 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.  

     

    Courses 

    Sparsholt College and University Centre Sparsholt 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.