Reaseheath’s Horticultural Department received national recognition as it became officially accredited by the Institute of Horticulture (IOH). The IOH is the professional body for the industry and has recently been granted a Royal Charter by The Queen, which recognises the importance of the horticulture in society.
The IOH’s endorsement of the department highlights the high standard of horticultural education and facilities on offer at Reaseheath, and the knowledge and skills students take with them into the industry. The department, which is already an Royal Horticultural Society Approved Centre, will be further enhancing its student experience in September 2015 with the opening of its new home in the National Centre for Food Futures and the Environment.
Speaking about the accreditation, Head of Department Steve Roach said: “The IOH Accreditation is a fitting endorsement to the skills, knowledge and professionalism of the Hortic team. Reaseheath College is investing millions in new facilities to promote Horticulture in its widest sense and to prepare people for the ever increasing demands of the industries that we serve. This accreditation is just a start in an exciting journey to take Horticulture to an aspirational level”.
Programme Leader for Horticulture, Sarah Hopkinson said: “The IOH accreditation is an excellent endorsement of the high quality training and education we deliver within the Department of Horticulture”.
“The Accreditation comes at an exciting time in the development of Horticulture at Reaseheath College and should contribute significantly to increased recruitment and effective stakeholder engagement to support our future growth and ambition”.
The Institute of Horticulture organises the prestigious Young Horticulturist of the Year competition, which all our horticulture students have the opportunity to compete in each year.