University College Falmouth has to cancel its garden-design degree

University College Falmouth (UCF) in Cornwall has dropped its garden design degree course because of lack of demand.

Course students Sue Radmore, Elektra Sanders and Scarlet Wheaton won gold for their Hampton Court Flower Show conceptual garden "A Fable for Tomorrow" last week. Lecturers are Richard Sneesby and TV gardener Matt James.

A college statement said: "UCF's BA (Hons) in Garden Design is one of the courses that UCF is reconfiguring in order to reflect consumer demand and enable a much wider audience to access its expertise in this area."

Sneesby said: "Across the country, the market for full-time three-year degrees in garden design is decreasing. Although BA (Hons) Garden Design at Falmouth is extremely successful, having won a bronze at Chelsea, a gold at Hampton Court, and several Society of Garden Designers Student of the Year awards, to name but a few.

"We also run short courses in the subject for which demand is increasing. We therefore wish to utilise the expertise of our staff and focus our energy on developing this market as well as provide opportunities for those already working in the industry to upskill via masters level and continuing professional development courses.

"These courses will also appeal to anyone interested in plants, landscape and garden design, creative thinking, design for people and communities, and the issues affecting the way we will use landscapes and gardens in the 21st century.

"As part of the development process, we would welcome HW readers' views on the kind of learning opportunities that they might be interested in pursuing within the discipline.

"They can complete the questionnaire on our website at www.falmouth.ac.uk/gardendesign."


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