Green fingered SRUC Students Spread the Bug to the Next Generation

Published Tuesday, 6th November 2012 in Education news

Students from SRUC’s Oatridge Campus have been doing their bit to pass on horticultural skills to the next generation.

On a visit to Pumpherston and Uphall Station Community Primary school they involved the young pupils in work on the landscape and improving the school grounds.

The 30 students from Scotland’s Rural College are studying for a National Certificate in Horticulture and Landscaping and so they arrived fully equipped to work alongside the pupils. Their mission was to create a new landscape in the school grounds, planting bulbs and shrubs which will provide a colourful display when the spring comes. In addition to practicing their newly acquired skills they hoped to inspire their young collaborators to become involved in gardening related activities at school and at home.

According to Aileen Hull, a teacher at Pumpherston and Uphall Station Primary School: “It was a valuable opportunity for the children to learn about the plants and try out their green fingers. The work will count towards the students' courses in Landscaping and Horticulture, and in the school's efforts towards gaining a green flag as part of the Eco Schools Scotland scheme”.

Ann Burns, Horticulture Team Leader at Oatridge Campus, said: “The time spent at one of our local schools recently offers real life work experience to our students with different clients and in a wider landscape.”

The new Pumpherston and Uphall Station school will also see their grounds enhanced when in a few months West Lothian Council provide trees that will be planted by our students.

SRUC offers a range of Horticulture courses at various campuses, from entry level to Honours Degree.  For more information on the project or horticulture courses offered by SRUC at Oatridge and other sites, contact Emilia Barrero: Emilia.barrero@sruc.ac.uk / 01506 864800.

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