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Published: February 6, 2018

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The Eden Project is inviting people interested in studying a degree to explore the education options available at the iconic location.

Eden is hosting a University Course Open Day on Saturday 10th February, offering an insight into studying in its unique learning environment.

From 11am to 1pm, prospective students are encouraged to visit to find out more about the specialist courses on offer through Eden Project Learning.

The university-level programmes, awarded by Plymouth University and delivered in partnership with The Cornwall College Group, include BSc (Hons) Horticulture with specialist pathways in Plant Science or Garden and Landscape Design, Foundation Degrees in Horticulture, Event Management and Renewable Energy Technologies, HNC/HNDs in Garden & Landscape Design and the Certificate in Education (including DET).

Director of Rural Economy at The Cornwall College Group, Dr Phil Le Grice, said: “This is such an exciting opportunity for people of all ages to talk to tutors from The Cornwall College Group and Eden Project staff about the courses we offer. “The upcoming open day offers the opportunity to see the outstanding facilities and unique learning environment, plus find out about transport, finance and student support. We look forward to showcasing our courses to lots more students interested in developing their craft in horticulture, events, renewables and teaching in the unique setting of the Eden Project.”

Highly-respected teachers from The Cornwall College Group, plus Eden’s expert practitioners share first-hand knowledge of commercial horticulture and the stewardship of one of the country’s greatest contemporary gardens.

Working with other horticultural partners, including The Lost Gardens of Heligan and Tresco Abbey Garden on the Isles of Scilly, students have the opportunity for placements and experience in some very special gardens.

As well as being a world-class garden and visitor destination, Eden is also a major venue for cultural events, conferences and private functions.
Students on the Event Management foundation degree go behind the scenes and work on live events. Working with the Eden teams, they face real challenges such as time management, working with budgets and the unforeseen circumstances which confront all organisations.

All students are based at the main Eden site and the nearby commercial nursery and have access to a purpose-built laboratory for science teaching and a studio for the landscape design.

Landscape and Garden Design student Freddie Strickland described studying at Eden as “an experience unlike any other”.

Freddie said: “Being able to regularly visit Eden’s Biomes and gardens gives me the opportunity to witness incredible plants, gardening and horticulture at my fingertips. Eden’s unique body of plants, including the exotics of the Rainforest and Mediterranean Biomes, allow horticulture students to be able to engage with ecosystems from around the globe. Having such an advantage gives me a step up that I wouldn’t get if I studied anywhere else in the world.”

Freddie continued: “I attended an open day myself and I was able to ask every question I wanted. It helped me to put any concerns or worries behind me and confirmed that this was the right course for me. Eden is an incredible place so I wanted to make sure that the course lived up to the venue- so far it is.”

To book a place on the upcoming university open day at Eden Project Learning on February 10th, please visit HERE  

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