Perhore students garner sector accolades

Bransford Webbs managing director Geoff Caesar presented awards to graduating students at Pershore College at their ceremony last weekend and told the audience many of the top posts in the company were held by former Pershore students.

The students receiving awards included Phillip Smith, who gained a BSc Honours degree in horticulture and won the Percy Picton Memorial Fund prize for the student producing the best dissertation, along with the Mr Christopher Wilson Rose Bowl for the top student on the amenity and landscape management course.

Kate Dunn also took the BSc in horticulture and won the Worshipful Company of Fruiterers Award for the student who shows the most aptitude and interest in fruit production. She said: "Getting the practical experience of working here while studying has really helped me in my job at apple producer Ragmans Lane Farm."

The Blakedown Cup for the top student on the HND horticulture crop production management option went to Sam Tyrrell. Tyrrell, who was studying for the BTEC, has now moved on to the BSc course. He said: "In the future I want to get back to the family business, farming, bulb growing and flowers."

The audience heard from vice-principal for land-based courses Julia Page that the college's work with employers was "going from strength to strength" and that the merger with Warwickshire College had been a success. "I feel Pershore College is truly part of Warwickshire College while retaining its own identity," she added.

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