A Writtle College student has won a top national horticultural scholarship worth £1,000.
Abimbola Oyelade has received a £1,000 student scholarship from the David Colegrave Foundation (DCF).
The postgraduate is one of only five students to be selected for the horticultural award from DCF, the horticultural charity for students, following a record number of applications from 15 colleges across the UK.
Abimbola is currently working towards his Masters in Horticulture (Crop Production) at Writtle College.
He said: "Through the David Colegrave Foundation scholarship, I will be able to focus on my education and put all my energy into doing well in my studies, which will make my goals and dreams a reality.
“Upon graduation, I will look for employment with a commercial grower. I want to help enhance quality within the UK horticulture industry through efficient production and innovative logistics operations.
“I hope, in turn, one day I'll be able to give back to society and help other students achieve their goals."
With eight years’ experience working in the industry, Abimbola considers himself a technical expert on crop production techniques. Now based in Hertfordshire, he has always had an interest in sciences and the environment, and originally studied for a BSc degree in Agronomy at LAUTECH University in Nigeria, where he grew up. Whilst studying, he worked with renowned growers to develop his practical hands-on skills as well as on research and development trials and in commercial horticulture production.
Abimbola has attended various training in the UK covering topics such as soil, water and nutrient management and pesticide regulations. In addition, he is a member of the Institute of Horticulture, UK, and plans to join the BASIS professional register so he can give advice within the industry.
Jeff Colegrave, DCF Chairman, said: "The DCF is very pleased to be awarding five students in recognition of their hard work, future ambitions and commitment to commercial horticulture. They are a good investment and just what the industry needs. DCF is happy to support them on their journey.”
• The MSc Horticulture at Writtle College is the largest MSc course in the UK specialising in horticulture crop production and postharvest technology. The course attracts many international applicants and this year there are students from 12 different countries.