Published Wednesday, 11th March 2015 in Study at SRUC news
SRUC’s Oatridge Campus celebrated a double award win by two Horticulture students at the prestigious Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society’s (Caley) Annual Awards ceremony.
HNC Horticulture students Susan Thores, and Heather Munro, both won Student Awards of Merit – presented to them on Tuesday 3 March at the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh, by the BBC’s Beechgrove Garden presenter George Anderson and Caley President Pam Whittle.
Susan and Heather met in August 2011 when they started their Horticulture studies at SRUC’s Oatridge Campus; for both of them this was the start of their second career and the start of a strong friendship. Susan left a 20 year career in the Arts in the public sector, and Heather a 15 year career in the Fires and Rescue Service, reaching sub-officer level.
Both Susan and Heather completed their initial National Certificate in Horticulture with distinction, with Susan being named as best student for her year; and they both went on to gain their HNC’s in Horticulture also with distinction - this time Heather scooped best student across all Scotland.
Ann Burns, Horticulture Team Leader at Oatridge, congratulated their award winning 2014 HNC graduates:
“Both Susan and Heather will undoubtedly be names that we will hear of in the horticultural industry of the future. Their enthusiasm for gardening and learning has known no bounds since they joined us at Oatridge in 2011.
“Their great friendship and good fun attitudes always spilled over into classes which made them great team players with their classmates – what a joy to teach!”
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