Writtle College student wins national scholarship

March 2015

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A Writtle College horticulture postgraduate student has been awarded a national scholarship.

The David Colegrave Foundation (DCF) has awarded Alastair Arnold, who is studying for an MSc Horticulture Crop Production, a £1,500 sponsored scholarship from the South West Growers Show.

The 32-year-old from Warwick, Warwickshire, progressed to the Masters after graduating with a BSc Horticulture in 2008, winning awards for Best Commercial Student and the Worshipful Company of Gardeners Prize. He aims to work in commercial horticulture as a grower or production manager.

Alastair said: "I am so thrilled to have been awarded this scholarship. The decision to return to study after some years in industry was not taken lightly, but I wanted to deepen my knowledge of horticultural crop production and take on new challenges.

“Gaining an award such as this is very encouraging and will definitely help me to effectively utilise my time through the study year. Thinking forward, I hope that through both my studies and work I can make a positive and innovative contribution to crop production horticulture.”

Kirsty Lane, from South West Growers Show, said: “It really was a tough decision as all of the candidates put forward were of an excellent standard and all deserving of the scholarship. However, after much deliberation and careful consideration, we selected Alistair Arnold. We feel he is committed, of a high calibre and will help fill the skills gap in commercial production horticulture.”

Earlier this year, Writtle College third year BSc (Hons) Horticulture student James Hayley won the Student Scholarship from the David Colegrave Foundation (DCF).