News from Eden Project Learning
Keep up to date with Eden Project Learning's latest news, announcements, and student achievements.
Society of Garden Designers Educator Status Awarded, Dec 2019
Eden Project Learning is delighted to have been awarded the Society of Garden Designers Educator Status.
To achieve accreditation, institutions are scrutinised to ensure the courses are of the highest professional standard, and that the skills, understanding and knowledge gained by the students are contemporary and prepares them well for industry.
As well as offering Educator Status accreditation, The Society of Garden Designers is the only professional association for both individual designers and practices. The society has been championing excellence within the field since 1981, and continually supports its members to train, work, develop and maintain the highest standards.
The Society also promotes best practice and continuing professional development through its conferences, workshops and seminars, its Journal and the annual SGD Awards.
“We’re thrilled to be recognised by the Society of Garden Designers in this way. It’s a testament to the quality of the work of both students and staff, and we’re proud to be able to call ourselves an SGD accredited educator.”
Matt James, Programme Lead for Garden and Landscape Design
For more info on the Society of Garden Designers, visit their website here.
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 working with successful design studios:
Freddie Strickland (Graduated June 2019) - Trees Associates Landscape Architecture as a Landscape Technician
Josh Peel (Current student) - 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.