0 New recruit for Easton Lodge

Tom CoppinTom Coppin, a horticultural BSc (hons) graduate from Writtle College, has already succeeded in gaining his first graduate gardening job. Tom is about to start his new job as a full-time gardener at the Gardens of Easton Lodge, near Dunmow.

"I am over the moon!" said Tom "I am really looking forward to caring for and developing the Gardens." Tom joins the Gardens just as the Trust has taken over the management of the Gardens and have exciting plans for restoration of the design commissioned by the Countess of Warwick in 1901 from the famous Edwardian designer Harold Peto.

"It's a Big Adventure for us all" says Chair of the Trust Bella D'Arcy" and we are delighted to have such an enthusiastic and capable gardener such as Tom working with us"

The Gardens will be part of a new horticultural course being launched by Writtle College to start this year in Historic Garden Management.

Writtle College.have introduced a number of new specialist courses from the School of Horticulture including the BSc (Hons) Horticulture (Historic Garden Management). This course will give students the opportunity to specialise in the management of historic gardens and designed landscapes. Key areas of study will include an exploration of historic garden design styles in Britain and beyond, planting design over time and the horticultural and management skills required to conserve these landscapes.

As the course progresses students will learn how to assess and develop an understanding of the heritage value of historic landscapes through the application of archival and field research to specific sites. Site visits give students an opportunity to see different conservation and restoration philosophies and techniques. In the second year students are introduced to research methodologies so that in the third year they can undertake an original dissertation within the context of historic gardens or designed landscapes. Tutors will provide guidance to the topic areas to be studied whilst also encouraging originality.

Horticultural honours degrees at Writtle College can be studied over three years full-time or four years part-time with an industrial placement.

For more information about this course and other courses in Horticulture please visit: www.writtle.ac.uk

Image: Tom Coppin at Eastern Lodge (Credit, Bella DA'rcy)

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