New programme manager for horticulture appointed at Bridgwater College
A NEW programme manager for horticulture has been appointed at the Cannington Centre of Bridgwater College.
Sarah Milner Simonds has come from the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea where she acted as a principal community gardener she was responsible for developing an award-winning borough-wide Community Kitchen Garden scheme.
Sarah, who has over ten years’ experience of working in garden design and environmental regeneration in West London, has been chosen as an Olympic torch bearer for her work and was awarded ‘Green Hero’ by EDF.
As founder of the green-space community organisation The People’s Plot, she said she is keen to strengthen the college’s engagement with the local community.
Sarah said: “I was delighted to get the opportunity to help shape horticultural training and education at Bridgwater College, particularly since the facilities here at the Cannington Centre are so exceptional and like nothing I have come across in Somerset.
“I have been very impressed by the way in which the College is engaging with a new era of environmental awareness, recognising that horticultural and ecology skills are needed more broadly across business and industry – it’s not just garden centres and stately homes in need of horticulturalists, but housing developers, local authorities, utilities companies and local food producers. The students graduating from these horticulture courses are being equipped with the knowledge to lead the employers of the future to new growth.”