Jul 3RD

Moulton College showcase open gardens

Moulton College is proud to open up its horticulture unit to the general public on Sunday 8 July to raise money for charity, as part of the National Open Garden Scheme.

The event will be an opportunity for visitors and families of all ages to visit a facility usually reserved for students on Sunday between 10am and 4pm.

The college campus and estate includes a range of landscaped areas, specialist gardens and extensive lawns, including floral displays, annual bedding, herbaceous plants, shrubs and conifers. A 2.5-hectare arboretum, planted over the past 15 years, provides a range of interesting and unusual specimen trees maintained by students that complement the existing mature trees already found on the estate.

Over 3,700 gardens, country estates and cottages across the country will run open days this year as part of the scheme, with all money raised through admission fees donated to charity. In 2017, the National Garden Scheme donated £3 million to charities including Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie and Hospice UK.

Adam Blunt, Programme Co-ordinator for land-based courses at Moulton College said: “This is a real coup for the college to be part of the prestigious National Open Garden Scheme for the first time, and be recognised alongside some of the country’s finest gardens and venues.

“We have some beautiful plants and floral displays among our gardens that our staff and students have created and maintained, and look forward to welcoming visitors both locally and from afar to our rural campus.”

Admission to the gardens will be £5 for adults, with free entry for children, and tea, coffee and cake available. All money raised through entrance fees will be distributed out to charities through the National Garden Scheme.

Moulton College runs a range of floristry and horticulture courses for all ages, with full-time and part-time opportunities available for the enthusiastic hobbyist, or someone looking to develop a career in the area. Click here to find out more.