Student Profile

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George Butler

Graduated: BSc (Hons) Horticulture
Nationality: British
Occupation: Landscape maintenance and design

Why did you choose to study at Writtle University College?
I had heard from a number of people that Writtle held a great balance between offering the opportunity to gain great experience and knowledge as well as being able to provide a fun university atmosphere, which was very important to me.

I think the other main factor was Writtle’s history of catering for students just like me looking to succeed in the Horticultural industry. Most importantly it was Writtle’s specialisation and focus in horticulture that made me want to study there.

What does Writtle University College mean to you?
For me it was very important that the whole college revolved around horticulture and it was the main focus. It was very much the social side as well – that’s what university was about for me. Also getting to know new people from all around the world and having the time of your life there, and Writtle College was the place I was able to do that.

The closeness and intimacy of Writtle made me feel part of something as oppose to a number or statistic like larger universities. The on-campus residences made it feel like home.

The sport involvement played a huge part in my time at Writtle as well. It enabled me to make great friends and be part of Writtle’s successful sporting history.

What did you particularly enjoy about your course?
Again it was the intimacy I was able to gain with my fellow students and lecturers, we all knew each other and class wasn’t ever a chore for me. I also enjoyed the range of subjects within the industry, which were available for me to study. That was very important.

I also enjoyed the hands on approach to many of my subjects, getting out and doing the practical side of learning, most notably trips away into London, RHS Wisley etc. That’s where I was able to put my knowledge into practise. They gave me inspiration for when I left to further my experiences.

My Career Path
From leaving Writtle College in May 2011, I left the UK in January 2012 and travelled around Australia before settling in Sydney for 10 months. Whilst there, I held a position as a Team Leader for a large landscaping company, specialising in the maintenance of high-end properties around the city and suburbs. I am confident I would not have got the interview if it was not for my degree, as there was and still is a wealth of unskilled contractors in Australia due to the good wage the country can offer.

My Current Job
I am currently one of the most senior staff within the landscape department at a 5* hotel resort in Queensland, New Zealand, called Millbrook where we look after 500 acres of common and private landscaped areas.

Future Plans
I really enjoyed learning about the urban aspect of horticulture, e.g. the challenges faced by urban areas, which could be helped by using horticulture in various different ways. I think that is, and will be, a very important feature of our lives. I hope to work towards this area in the future within London or a large city.