Friday, October 16, 2015 - 15:30

People interested in studying in the unique environment of the Eden Project can come and learn more about university-level gardening, performance and events courses at an open day on Saturday October 24.

From 10 am to 1 pm, visitors will be able to learn all about next year’s courses from Cornwall College student ambassadors, course leaders and members of the different Eden teams. The free event will include tours of the site, taster sessions, films and demonstrations.

Eden has partnered with Cornwall College to develop home-grown talent and transform education in Cornwall by offering the chance to train to degree level at the Eden site near St Austell, with programmes awarded by Plymouth University.

Last month university-level programmes including Horticulture, Garden and Landscape Design, Event Management, and Performance, Storytelling and Interpretation* started on the Eden campus at for the first time.  More than 70 students are taking part.

Cornwall College’s expert trainers deliver the degrees, with Eden staff teaching modules and guest lecturing.

The courses provide invaluable industry experience in one of the most successful visitor attractions in the UK, opening doors across many sectors.

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.

Highly-respected teachers from Duchy College’s Horticultural institute, Rosewarne (part of 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 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.

Students of Performance, Storytelling and Interpretation* learn alongside Eden’s narrator team of professional performers and storytellers.

Formal teaching sessions are combined with live work on site, with a major emphasis on interpretation and the environment. They learn to engage the public with stories of science and the living world.

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.

Gordon Seabright, Director of the Eden Project, said:  “It is hugely exciting to have degree students studying at Eden.  Just a few weeks into the first academic year, those from each of the three subject areas are already making a great contribution to the life of the project and are benefitting considerably from studying in this unique environment.  We look forward to welcoming students who are considering studying here to our big event on October 24.”

Deputy CEO of The Cornwall College Group, Raoul Humphreys, said: “Being able to study at a location such as Eden is unique and it enables us to broaden the higher education offer in Cornwall to incorporate work experience in an iconic location. Our ethos is about making learning work and the ability to be able to study at somewhere like the Eden Project will better prepare our learners for their future careers.”

The courses on offer are:

•    FdA Event Management
•    HNC Garden and Landscape Design
•    HND Garden and Landscape Design
•    HND Performance, Storytelling and Interpretation * subject to approval
•    FdSc Horticulture
•    BSc (Hons) Horticulture (Garden and Landscape Design)
•    BSc (Hons) Horticulture (Plant Science)