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Former Derby College learners branch out into business

Former Derby College learners branch out into business

Two former mature learners from Derby College have joined forces to set up their own business – using the arboriculture skills they learnt at Broomfield Hall land-based industries campus in Morley. Andrew Fretwell (39) from Swanwick and Mark Hall (40) from Alfreton both signed up for the Forestry and Arboriculture study programme at Derby College […]

New study identifies scope for more innovation in horticulture

New study identifies scope for more innovation in horticulture

A unique study has taken a thoughtful approach to understand why parts of the horticulture industry do not take up some of the innovative ideas that emerge from universities and research institutes, as well as other areas of the industry. The study has been undertaken by PhD student Jonathan Menary from Warwick Crop Centre, part […]

Disadvantaged children get farm visits boost thanks to landowners

Disadvantaged children get farm visits boost thanks to landowners

A national educational charity providing children from deprived areas with a chance to learn more about food, farming and the countryside has been awarded a grant from the CLA Charitable Trust to help further its work in Staffordshire. The Country Trust works with primary schools in urban and other areas of high deprivation bringing the […]

N8 AgriFood success in securing £1.5m funding

N8 AgriFood success in securing £1.5m funding

N8 universities have been successful in securing more than £1.5m of funding through six awards from the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Innovation Club (SARIC). SARIC, a public-private partnership, is a collaboration between three research councils (BBSRC, NERC, and ESRC*) and 12 private partners to address some of the challenges of sustainable intensification in agriculture. Ten […]

Industry leaders of the future graduate in style

Industry leaders of the future graduate in style

Writtle University College graduates marked the successful completion of their studies at Chelmsford Cathedral on Friday 9 September. Graduates from all subject areas, including Conservation, Sport, Design, Equine, Agriculture and Horticulture schemes, celebrated the culmination of their undergraduate and postgraduate studies, while two Honorary Doctorates were conferred, a new Fellow of Writtle University College was […]

Search is on for top learners in Scotland’s land-based and aquaculture industries

Search is on for top learners in Scotland’s land-based and aquaculture industries

Lantra Scotland, the sector skills council for the land-based, aquaculture and environmental conservation industries, has opened up nominations for its 2017 Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year Awards. Now in their 14th year, the awards celebrate the hard work and achievements of the country’s most talented and successful Modern Apprentices, trainees, school pupils, as […]

Först supports future arborists with Capel Manor partnership

Först supports future arborists with Capel Manor partnership

Först, a leading supplier of high performance and robust woodchippers, is helping to support the next generation of arborists through its partnership with Capel Manor College. The Middlesex based college, which has over 3,000 students, offers a wide range of land-based courses including Arboriculture & Countryside, Saddelry & Leatherwork and Horticulture & Landscaping. Först donated […]

Trio of new SRUC Aberdeen graduates make potato industry sit up and take notice

Trio of new SRUC Aberdeen graduates make potato industry sit up and take notice

Three new graduates from the Aberdeen Campus of Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) have made the potato industry sit up and take notice with their degree dissertations. The trio of self-confessed “tattie-heads” have been chipping away at hard baked farming beliefs on the way things should be done – and have mashed their creative ideas together […]

New Zealand students study tour at NSC

New Zealand students study tour at NSC

A group of agricultural students from Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre in New Zealand have spent the last three weeks at the Walford Campus, as part of a cultural exchange. Three students and an accompanying member of staff made the 24-hour plane journey to North Shropshire to experience a day in the life of an NSC […]

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