Student Profile

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Chris King

Graduated: BSc (Hons) Horticulture
Nationality: British
Occupation: Management Trainee at Wyevale Nurseries Ltd

Why did you choose to study at Writtle University College?
Writtle’s relatively small size and community feel, and its history as a centre of horticultural teaching were big factors. In larger universities you are often just a number to your lecturers - this is not the case at Writtle and everyone knew everyone!

What does Writtle University College mean to you?
My time at Writtle is a hugely important one to me. My confidence grew tenfold after moving away from home, the friends I made and the experiences I have had all shaped who I am today. I achieved everything I set out to, so I see my time at Writtle as a major success.

What did you particularly enjoy about your course?
The breadth of topics covered - from practical subjects to more science-focussed elements - made for an interesting and challenging time but at the same time never allowed you to get bored. This grounding and exploration of the horticultural industry has made sure that I consider every element of land management, science and production when decision-making.

Practical sessions made the subjects come alive and helped bring in relevance where sometimes it was hard to make sense of the science and theory. Research for individual assignments was particularly interesting as it allowed you to explore the subject fully, critically analysing information whilst learning from it all.

My Career Path
The course provided me with a fantastic grounding in all areas of horticulture and opened my eyes to the breadth of jobs available within the industry. My degree also taught me to be constantly critical and analytical of systems and procedures, recognising that the current way is not always the best way. Research and learning from others not just within your own industry is hugely important. I use all areas of teaching in my job, with regards to land management of the farm and nursery site, to science with regard to crop growth and improving our production processes.

Future Plans
I would like to run my own business in the future, and potentially explore postgraduate study.

Special Achievements

  • Lea Valley Growers Association Award – best crop technology and management student.
  • The Unwin Kemsley Silver Challenge Cup – awarded to the best commercial horticulture student.
  • Geoff Hamilton Bursary.