Myerscough College horticulture students enjoyed a productive trip to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
Two of the College’s students attended a special breakfast at the event hosted by RHS and the show sponsors, M&G.
Throughout the morning, there were a series of talks from professionals in the industry and at each one of the tables, was a professional or celebrity, each from a range of specialisms and backgrounds. After the guest speakers there was an opportunity to network with other students and each of the special guests, to ask career advice and guidance.
During the event the students met personalities including Jo Thompson, a gold medal winning garden designer; Adam Frost, garden designer and landscaper, winner of Gold medals at Chelsea and ambassador for the Homebase Academy set up to attract young people into the industry; Rachel de Thame, garden designer, gardener, author and presenter; Sue Biggs director general of the RHS; Monty Don, BBC presenter; and James Wong , author, ethnobotanist, television presenter and garden designer.
The group also received a private tour of the garden designed by former Myerscough College student, Matthew Wilson, before having the opportunity to look round the whole show.
Lecturer, Becky Atherton, organised the trip and said:‘’The day was a great opportunity for learners to gain contacts from the networking event for future work and study opportunities.
‘’There was an ex Myerscough student on our table who is now one of the lead scientists at Wisley and he expressed an interest in coming back to college to visit. As some of the same year’s graduates are also in successful roles, we have suggested a reunion at Myerscough where they can deliver talks to our students based on their own careers and experiences and see the updated campus.’’
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by Dave Salmon