The training facility will be the leading one of its type in the UK and will focus on the use of state-of-the-art technology in horticultural and primary food production as well as providing excellence in all aspects of horticultural training.
Students will be able to study all aspects of horticulture, from commercial crop production,
amenity management, parks and gardens maintenance and sportsturf and greenkeeping to environmental conservation, land management and landscape or environmental design.
The centre will also act as a hub for knowledge exchange within the horticultural industry and will offer professional organisations and members of the public the chance to develop knowledge and understanding of current and future innovations.
The £9 million centre will include:
- Commercial production hydroponic glasshouse units with computerised environmental controls and PHILIPS LED lighting
- Plant biotechnology and micro propagation unit
- Interpretation zone with exhibition space
- Landscape construction workshop
- CAD design studio and draughting workshop
- Plant sales area, shop and café
- External demonstration plots
Explained Head of Horticulture Sarah Hopkinson: "This is a very exciting period for Reaseheath’s horticultural department. Although the main focus of the centre will be on the sustainable production of food to meet the demands of a growing global population, we intend to provide education and training to meet all the current and future needs of the industry.
"Our education provision will ensure that students at all levels leave with the necessary skills to be outstanding future employees, delivering the enterprising and entrepreneurial leadership that the industry requires."
For further details see www.reaseheath.ac.uk/foodfutures