Cambridgeshire college withdraws its horticulture courses

A Cambridgeshire land-based college has withdrawn all its non-apprentice horticulture courses despite a Facebook campaign by students.

The College of West Anglia's Cambridge campus offered courses including the National Diploma and RHS certificate, but from September only horticulture students halfway through two-year programmes will continue their studies.

The college faces more than £4m in Government funding cuts in 2013-14 and is reducing its salary budget by £900,000.

Marketing and student services head Paul O'Shea said "cost-saving measures" meant the end of full and part-time horticulture programmes with low recruitment. But current level 3 students will be able to complete the second year of their course at the campus in the 2013-14 academic year.

The college will also continue to offer apprenticeship programmes in horticulture.

The college was formerly called Cambridgeshire College of Agriculture & Horticulture and merged with Norfolk College of Arts & Technology in 1998.

Insitute of Horticulture president Leigh Morris said other further education and higher education colleges do not "value or promote the horticulture curriculum highly enough".

He said using "remote and blended learning" and partnerships with industry to create National Centres of Excellence was the way forward but added: "Perhaps supply has exceeded demand?"


Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Read These Next

IoG Saltex 2017 - Kit showcase

IoG Saltex 2017 - Kit showcase

Mowers, turf care, battery equipment, seeds, arboriculture kit and weed control will all see a wide range of new releases at Saltex, Sally Drury reports.

Get set for Saltex 2017

Get set for Saltex 2017

This year's Saltex show at the NEC in Birmingham offers something for everyone, says Sally Drury.

Horticulture education update - staying on course

Horticulture education update - staying on course

Raised levels of investment in horticulture education and increased student take-up is welcome news for the industry, says Rachel Anderson.


Follow us on:
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Google +
Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

IOG Saltex

Get set for IoG Saltex 2017 with our comprehensive show guide and exhibitor info.

Jeremy Barrell On...

Jeremy Barrell

Tree consultant Jeremy Barrell reflects on the big issues in arboriculture.

Products & Kit Resources