28 March 1997


DE MONTFORT Universitys School of Agriculture and Horticulture is located at three sites in Lincolnshire.

Its residential campuses at Caythorpe Court and Riseholme Hall accommodate full-time, block release and part-time courses and also cater for conferences, business seminars and social events.

Caythorpe Campus. Caythorpe Court was originally built as a 19th century hunting lodge at the centre of a 25ha (61.8-acre) arable teaching farm. The major farming activities are based here, from which agricultural students have the benefit of arable enterprises, a lowland sheep flock, together with outdoor and indoor pig units. Also based on this campus are the specialist resources of a small animal unit, and two stable yards; one accommodating 44 horses and riding facilities, the other being an equine field station of 12 thoroughbred horses.

Riseholme Campus. Riseholme Hall is situated on the outskirts of Lincoln and is set in 20ha (49.4 acres) of mixed woodland, a deer park and extensive water features, which include a fish hatchery and farm. The Old Hall has undergone total refurbishment in recent years and a new laboratory and resources centre have been added.

Holbeach Campus. This campus is non-residential and based in the heart of the Lincolnshire fen, close to some of the largest food manufacturers and processors in the country. The small campus caters for a number of specialised full-time and part-time courses, and houses a food technology laboratory, commercial horticultural unit and produce shop.

De Montfort courses

Almost one-third of full-time students are still on traditional agriculture and horticulture courses, including agricultural engineering and agri-business courses.

The school has 883 full-time students studying for further and higher education courses, of which 277 are studying in the areas of agriculture and horticulture.

Agricultural courses are also available on a part-time basis through the NVQ and Modern Apprenticeship schemes, plus part-time and short courses for updating and covering new rules, regulations and proficiency tests.

A new degree programme for BSc/BSc hons crop production and crop protection is expected to start in September. Other courses include floristry, food technology, forestry, gamekeeping, horse studies and leisure and tourism.