Welsh College Of Horticulture, Northop

Welsh College Of Horticulture
HOLYWELL ROAD
CH7 6AA Northop
Flintshire Wales
Phone:
01352 841000
Fax:
01352 841031
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Northop College part of Deeside College, Northop, North Wales formerly the Welsh College of Horticulture


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1972, the college was renamed the Welsh College of Horticulture and Princess Anne came to the official announcement at the Presentation of Awards on the 11th July.

In 1974 the Counties of Flintshire and Denbighshire were merged to create the new County of Clwyd and all Agricultural courses apart from Agricultural Engineering were taken over by Llysfasi College in Ruthin.

The college pioneered Floristry education, starting with a one term full course which was gradually developed into a one year full time course. The two year college diploma course was then added and eventually a three year N.D course was approved. At this time the commercial floristry shop was established as an essential resource to support the N.D in floristry and this was eventually expanded into the present Plant Centre when a N.D in Garden Centre Studies was established.

Throughout the period from the early 1960s to the early 1980s there was rapid expansion. The college took over the 40 acres of land originally leased to Lever Bros and the 40 acres of commercial woodland. The ornamental grounds were expanded into the 40 acres of land and soccer, cricket and hockey pitches developed. A new hostel for 46 students with staff and social areas was built, the main common room eventually becoming the college bar.

The sports hall, new lecture rooms and an acre of computer controlled glass were constructed together with a new packhouse, potting shed and store. The implement shed was converted into a Building Skills workshop and the original potting and packaging shed into an environment laboratory and two practical demonstration rooms.

Emphasis was on full-time residential courses with a national recruitment but this changed dramatically when the new funding regime required an emphasis on more local recruitment and a significant expansion of part-time and adult continuing education programmes.
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