Eden Project Learning Cornwall College Duchy College

BSc (Hons) Horticulture (Plant Science)

Horticulture is a modern, professional vocation that influences our environment, how we eat, how we relax, our health, life expectancy and well-being. This programme is based at the world renowned Eden Project in Cornwall and has been designed specifically to allow you to explore many aspects of horticulture including applied science, crop production and sustainability. The programme will provide you with the skills and experience to prepare for an interesting, exciting and rewarding career which embraces tradition, technology and innovation.

Both the programme of study and the student experience are greatly enhanced through the collaboration between Cornwall College and the Eden Project. The range of resources including Eden’s own plant collections, growing environments, nursery and dedicated teaching facilities, coupled with the nationally renowned micro-propagation research facility, provide a world-class platform from which this exciting and stimulating programme will be delivered.

You will quickly become integrated within the Eden Project and, in addition to attending the carefully designed taught modules, will have the opportunity to apply, develop and reflect upon a wide range of practical skills by participating in activities in the tropical and Mediterranean biomes, the outdoor garden and nursery crop production facility. As well as benefiting from working alongside Eden’s skilled and specialist horticulturalists, you will also undertake a work placement within another commercial enterprise.

In the final year of your study you will undertake a piece of novel research, for which it is encouraged to make full use of the available facilities to explore industry-related issues, that will enhance your CV on successful completion of the course.

This unique combination of scientific study and practical opportunity set in an intellectually stimulating and friendly environment, will inspire you to develop a successful career in the future.

Possible Careers

  • Horticultural Consultant
  • Commercial Crop Producer (Fruit and Vegetables)
  • Nursery Stock Producer
  • Specialist Propagator
  • Commercial Glasshouse Manager
  • Cut Flower Producer
  • Horticultural Produce Retail Manager
  • Estate Garden Manager
  • Municipal Parks and Gardens Manager
  • Horticultural Scientist/Researcher

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Meet the team- Dr James Wagstaffe

Programme Manager for the BSc (Hons) Horticulture (Plant Science) and FdSc Horticulture degrees

Prior to joining Eden Project Learning, James was the Manager of Eden Project’s off-site horticulture support base at Watering Lane Nursery. Here the nursery team were responsible for growing plants for seasonal and temporary displays, as well as for the continuous horticultural refurbishment of the biomes and the wider Eden Project estate.

The nursery also acts as the centre for Eden Project’s science, plant health and quarantine procedures. James co-supervised students from a variety of universities in their research projects focusing on Eden Project’s plant collections and resources.

James joined Eden Project in 2011 following a long career at Reading University where he supported teaching and research activities in horticulture and plant science. James completed his PhD at Reading University in 2009 having investigated the role of scheduling flowering in herbaceous plant production and subsequent post-harvest garden performance.

For a full list of James’ publications click HERE

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