April 2010

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(NOTE: This is an archived press release.)

A stunning display of Cowslips has started the flowering season on a research wildflower meadow at Writtle College, Essex. It will continue flowering throughout the rest of the spring and well into summer. As well as the Cowslips, Meadow Buttercups, Ox-eye Daisies, Yellow Rattle and various Knapweeds provide long term seasonal interest. The meadow not only makes for a visual treat, but also is a great food source for a wide variety of butterflies and bees.

The wildflower meadow was sown in the autumn of 2006 by Andy Boorman, Senior Lecturer, School of Horticulture, ably assisted by first year degree students studying the module ‘Plants and Gardens Through Time’.

The horticultural module, ‘Gardens and Plants through Time’, can also be studied on the Higher Certificate in Horticulture at Writtle College. This course provides a good introduction to the Art and Science of professional gardening, which could be an attractive option to people returning to education; combining work with part time study; looking at a career change or for those wishing to study Horticulture and Professional Gardening at Higher Education level.

The Higher Certificate is a Level 4 qualification that is studied one day per week over an academic year. Successful completion of this qualification will allow students’ the opportunity to enter on to the second year of a horticultural degree.

The course, validated by the University of Essex, starts in September and is equivalent to the first year of an undergraduate degree programme. To find out further information please email – or call 01245 424200.

Pictured: The wildflower meadow - Writtle College estate (please credit Martin Stimson for the photo)