Hadlow student wins commercial fellowship

Thanet Earth has awarded a Discovery Fellowship to Hadlow College horticulture student Tom Pilcher.

He will spend nine months working at the college's commercial-standard glasshouse on new product development on the Kent grower's behalf.

Thanet Earth technical manager Robert James said: "We have identified a clear opportunity to provide a student with new skills and genuine commercial experience." The fellowship may be awarded annually in future if it proves a success, the company added.

Meanwhile, the Kent college is currently holding public consultations in the area on its proposals to open a free school with a rural-focused curriculum in autumn next year.

Free schools are publicly funded but able to set their own teaching goals and methods. A Hadlow representative explained that the proposed school would use outdoor classrooms and encourage a practical approach to learning.

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