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Student Profile – Will Purdom

Will Purdom from Lowestoft in Suffolk decided to study Horticulture with Plantsmanship at SRUC to broaden his knowledge of the industry. Will P

“The reason for studying the course was to further my knowledge within the horticultural sector with a key role on plants grown in Botanical gardens and the legislation and laws around wild collecting as well as mass producing new plants for the horticultural market.

Unlike most other university courses SRUC offers a wide range of tailor making within its courses as, for example for myself I wanted a botanical side of teaching but still a good knowledge of production horticulture.

Whilst studying at SRUC the laboratories where you get to work were a key highlight, offering some of the latest up-to-date scientific breakthroughs within the horticultural sector. The facilities at SRUC are very good, anything you need you can normally find. When I was there I also published papers and the facilities at SRUC helped with this.

When I was at SRUC I also, outside of term time, grew and sold plants back home. From this, two years on I now am the CEO of a leading mail order horticultural plant supplier that specialise in unusual and rare flora, called Botanico. Other than sending out many parcels we are also developing a new nursery, our own micropropagation facilities as well as starting to exhibit at many horticultural shows such as ones run by the RHS.

My advice to students wishing to join the Horticulture with Plantsmanship course would be to use your time wisely and do more than the course, study your interest.”

Find out more about studying Horticulture at SRUC visit www.sruc.ac.uk/horticulture

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