By studying a horticulture course at Hadlow College you could become part of this huge sector which impacts on many areas of our lives.
Horticulture matters. As an industry it contributes around £9 billion annual to the UK economy, employs approximately 300,000 people and accounts for 1.7% of all retail sales. Strategically important, it is more than simply gardening. Instead, it is offers many rewarding career paths for talented people.
Horticulture has been part of Hadlow College for 50 years and, as such, we have built a reputation in the industry as one of the leading education providers. As a student you will benefit from the vast network of contacts we have of industry links, which comprises former students and companies who take students on in work experience placements year after year.
Over the last couple of years, the department has had a vast financial input from the College, which includes new classrooms, a new state of the art glasshouse, a new Landscape Training Centre and hundreds of different plants for the students to practice on. Our horticulture courses look at production horticulture, amenity horticulture and include elements of design and commercial awareness. You will develop a range of skills, learn how to identify plants and construct a variety of landscapes.
We also offer a number of degrees in horticulture and garden design in partnership with the University of Greenwich. These degree programmes make full use of our facilities and take advantage of the strong links with industry and expert tutors that the College possesses. They represent a ideal progression route for people interested in horticulture-related jobs or who wish to take a pro-active approach to managing the countryside.
Ultimately, upon finishing your course at Hadlow College, your career in horticulture could involve the large scale production of plants and food crops or the care and maintenance of sports grounds and public amenities.