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Amie Routledge

Course: Garden Design HND

Campus: Edinburgh

Graduated: 2016

SRUC alumna Amie Routledge

Amie studied architecture at Newcastle University and had worked in a commercial practice for a number of years. After qualifying, Amie found that architecture failed to fulfil her creative drive and she started considering a change in career. Having grown up on a farm in South West Scotland, Amie yearned to work outdoors and wanted the opportunity to work for herself whilst still being able to use her design expertise.

“I was inspired to choose SRUC by an old school friend who had recently completed the Garden Design HND. The course had a wide range of classes and had given her all the necessary tools to start her own business; it seemed the perfect choice especially being so close to home.

“Learning about plants was my favourite part of studying at SRUC. Coming from a purely design background, and with very little gardening experience, I had minimal horticultural knowledge. The Garden Design course has a good mix of theory and practical classes, with plant walks around the Botanics and cultivating our own plots in first year a particular highlight. I am now passionate about plants, and love that I will never stop learning!

“After completing the course I set up AJR Greenspace in July 2016 and currently have half a dozen garden design projects, in and around Edinburgh. I have also just been approached to provide design consultancy on a community/school garden project south of Glasgow, based on one of my SRUC student projects.

"This continues to give me hands-on horticultural learning as well as behind the scenes experience of Chelsea and other RHS shows.”

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