Horticulture students celebrate successful ‘Writtle Walks’

May 2022

Image for press release - A large group of horticulture students in the main entrance of Writtle University Colleges grounds, preparing to begin the Writtle walks
(NOTE: This is an archived press release.)

BSC (Hons) Horticulture students are celebrating a successful event. On Saturday 30th April, Chloe, Ella, Elliot and Kerstin welcomed members of the public to Writtle University College's campus for a guided tour of the gardens and green spaces.  

Visitors enjoyed an introduction to popular beauty spots such as the Arboretum, which features stunning spring blossom and a collection of crabapples (f.e. Malus 'Evereste'). Quercus coccinea or Scarlet Oak received an honorary mention for its spectacular autumn colour.

The tour included the Dry Garden, which showcases varied planting for low-rainfall areas, in addition to the Sub-Tropical Glasshouse, Centenary Garden and Hill on the Green.

Visitors also explored the shady paths of the Hamilton Memorial Garden which is home to interesting non-hardy species such as the spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) and the currently flowering Magnolia and Rhododendron. The garden was created in memory of former student and BBC Gardeners' World presenter Geoff Hamilton who maintained links with the University College throughout his career.

Student organiser Kerstin said: "The Walk sold out and feedback has been overwhelmingly kind and very positive. Visitors came from the community, via garden groups and from the Herts & Essex Community Farm."

Guests from the Herts & Essex Community Farm in Harlow, said: "We were shown around by a group of lovely and very knowledgeable horticulture students, including our very own Farmer El. Thanks all for a wonderful afternoon!"

For more information on Writtle University College's Horticulture courses go to writtle.ac.uk/horticulture.