McColl calls for centres of horticultural excellence - Gardening Scotland

The Beechgrove Garden presenter Jim McColl has called for Scottish horticulture colleges to become centres of excellence rather than trying to do everything.

He said: "Elmwood College specialises in greenkeeping and gets the best facilities, lecturers and competition between students. Instead of lashing out money to colleges all over the land, we should look at centres of excellence."

McColl also criticised the reluctance to "threaten the local scene". He added: "Technical subjects need the best, so if Oatridge has the best hard landscaping it should concentrate on that. For plantsmanship, the Scottish Agricultural College - if that's the place, then everyone goes there."

McColl himself studied at the West of Scotland Agricultural College in Auchincruive, Ayr.

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