Monday, October 7, 2019 - 13:45

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.

Eden Project Learning offers vocational higher education courses, from HNC to MSc, centred on contemporary professional practice. Students are encouraged to work with Cornish organisations as part of their education and have recently worked with Truro Cathedral, the National Trust, ACE Multi-Academy Trust and Truro City Council.

Professor Robert Barratt, Head of Eden Project Learning, said: “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.”

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.

One recent graduate, Freddie Strickland, said: “I came to Eden with a passion for horticulture and garden design but with big gaps in my knowledge. My tutors were brilliant and the course has given me both a great education and the technical ability to go into the profession with confidence.”

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.

Eden Project Learning is based in Cornwall and is a partnership between the Eden Project and Cornwall College. The degree portfolio is validated by the University of Plymouth, Falmouth University and Anglia Ruskin University.