SRUC Elmwood Campus says "Bienvenue" to horticultural exchange students

Visiting the Elmwood Campus of Scotland's Rural College was a real highlight for over 50 French horticultural students as part of a two week study trip to Scotland.

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The Elmwood Campus recently welcomed students from Ecole du Paysage, Grenoble in what has evolved over the last 15 years to become an annual event. Students and staff from both organisations shared their knowledge and experiences in horticulture training and SRUC showcased their facilities including the community allotment, the woodland path, and the Busy Bee nursery garden which won an RHS award in 2013.

The French group spent a day with SRUC, and also visited several other locations across the country.

Phil Watkin, programme manager for horticulture, said: "It was great to welcome the school back to Elmwood. Our visitors were very impressed by the various classes and courses we run, in particular those open to the local community which range from pre-school nursery children right through the age groups to retirement.

Watkin added: "The more exposure the full-time students have to different cultures and approaches within horticulture, the more their overall knowledge of the subject will grow. This will result in greatly enhanced employment prospects both at home and abroad".

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