Big boost in student numbers for St Austell’s Eden Project, Sep 2019

Eden Project Learning has just welcomed its biggest student cohort, marking a steady rise in growth since the programme launched in 2014.

A fresh intake of 75 new students joined those already studying for undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications at the Eden Project near St Austell in Cornwall, bringing numbers enrolled in higher education up to 134.

"We’re delighted that so many talented and inspirational students are coming to Cornwall to join our mission. The Eden Project is an exciting and stimulating place to study. All of our courses are applied and engage students in real world projects throughout the course of the year. Our staff and students are committed to addressing the climate change emergency and together thinking through alternative ways to live sustainably on the planet.”
Professor Robert Barratt, Head of Eden Project Learning

Several students have won recent awards in the field of horticulture and design, including the Prince of Wales Trophy for Sustainable Horticulture, the RHS Young Designer of the Year, and the Society of Garden Designers’ Student Designer of the Year Award.

Graduates have gone on to work with Harris Bugg Studio, Meiloci Landscape Architecture and The Elmhurst Foundation. A number of graduates have also gone on to study on fully-funded PhD programmes across the country as part of the Waitrose Collaborative Training Partnership.

Exciting career prospects, July 2019

Eden Project Learning places a strong focus upon professional practice and employment skills throughout all of its degree courses, and we are delighted with the news that a recent graduate and current student of the HND Garden & Landscape Design programme have been offered employment with successful design studios:

Freddie Strickland (Graduated June 2019) - working with Trees Associates Landscape Architecture as a Landscape Technician

Josh Peel (Current student) - working with Harris Bugg Studio as a Landscape Technician

New partnership, June 2019

Lancaster & Morecambe College and Eden Project Learning are pleased to announce the signing of a 25-year Memorandum of Understanding between the two organisations, and are launching a new study programme from September 2019.

The programme will be run over three tiers. The first level course is a City & Guilds Land-Based Diploma which includes an introduction to wildlife conservation, effective working practice and animal husbandry and welfare. In addition, levels two and three build upon this foundation with subjects including ecological concepts, ecology conservation and land-based specialist project management.

As well as the core qualifications, students will study an “Eden Behaviours” module, which will introduce them to the Eden Project’s educational philosophy. They will also get an industry placement at the Eden Project in Cornwall or an agreed alternative employer.

Lancaster and Morecambe College is a place of excellence for training in the technical, professional and creative industries; justly proud of our aspiring, adaptable work ready graduates. Working in positive partnerships with employers and other stakeholders to equip our learners to excel in the industry and life skills required for their future destinations.  Contributing through education and training to social mobility, community cohesion and economic wellbeing in our local and wider area.

This new long-term arrangement will see the creation of an Eden Project Learning Hub at LMC in the coming months to host community and school related activity, whilst providing office space for the Eden Project Learning team whilst in Morecambe.

'I am delighted that we have achieved this important milestone so quickly…this initiative should provide brand new opportunities for adults and young people in our community, raising aspiration and the economic wellbeing of our district.'
Wes Johnson, Principal at LMC

'Eden Project Learning is delighted to be partnering with Lancaster and Morecambe College who are committed to protecting the environment of the Bay and in so doing improving the health and well-being of their community. Together we are shaping a new and exciting Morecambe Bay curriculum that will help us find sustainable ways to live and work on our planet'
Professor Robert Barratt, Eden Project Learning 

For more information on the Study Programme or to apply, visit the Lancaster & Morecambe College website.

How to Plant a Garden republished, May 2019

Programme Manager Matt James’ latest book How to Plant a Garden has been re-printed for 2019. First published in 2016, it has been in the best-selling lists since then.

RHS book by lecturer published, April 2019

Garden and landscape design lecturer Richard Sneesby has co-authored the RHS Colour Companion: A Visual Dictionary of Colour for Gardeners book, published April 2019.

The RHS Colour Companion is an inspirational and highly practical sourcebook of ideas for incorporating colour into the garden.