New glasshouse facilities for Duchy College
Horticulture students studying in Cornwall will soon benefit from a state of the art glasshouse teaching facility at the Rosewarne campus of Duchy College thanks to a £113,000 grant from Objective One.
The £226,000 project will see the demolition of the existing 40-year-old glasshouses and their replacement with a 1,409 square metre facility offering a centre of excellence for the Cornish horticultural industry.
The new glasshouse, which is 40% larger than the old facilities, features the very latest in computerised environmental control systems. It will enable Duchy College to expand its provision of Higher Education, including a new horticulture foundation degree from this September, the only one of its type in the South West. Until now students wanting to study for this degree had to travel to Worcestershire, Essex or Kent.
David Hinchcliffe, vice principal of Duchy College said: “This new facility means students wanting to study to degree level in horticulture can stay in Cornwall, and we can offer places to students from out of the county.
“Our existing facilities are more than 40 years old and are in a poor state of repair. The new glasshouse will be 40% larger and far more advanced technologically. It will be a real jewel in the crown of Cornwall’s horticulture industry.”
David Rodda, senior agricultural co-ordinator for the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Objective One programme said: “This investment will enable more students to be taught at a higher level and will enhance the role of Duchy College as part of the Combined Universities in Cornwall.”
Work on the new glasshouse will begin immediately with the demolition of the old facilities and should be completed by December.
The new glasshouse has been funded with £113,065 from the Objective One European Agriculture Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF); £49,316 from the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and £63,750 from Duchy College.
European Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF)
EAGGF is one of the four funds that make up the Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, which is making £314 available to support the local economy between 2000 and 2006.
EAGGF aims to:
Help preserve the link between diversified farming and the land.
Improve and support the competitiveness of agriculture as a key activity in rural areas.
Ensure the diversification of the economy in rural areas.
Help to keep thriving communities in rural areas.
Preserve and improve the environment, the landscape and the rural heritage.
For further information please contact:
Objective One Partnership Office
Truro TR1 2UD