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Set in a 1600-acre Wiltshire estate, our Lackham campus is a registered RHS teaching centre with an unparalleled range of industry-leading facilities for learning horticulture and landscape gardening.

At Lackham the outdoors is your classroom.

Our facilities include a 200-year-old Walled Garden, modern glasshouses including a tropical hothouse, manicured lawns and gardens as well as sports pitches, ornamental walkways, woodlands and wetlands. Supported by our experienced lecturers, assessors and Gardens team, your learning will be hands-on, underpinned by detailed theoretical knowledge. Lackham offers horticultural courses for school leavers, industry professionals and amateur enthusiasts alike, with popular part-time RHS courses and apprenticeships running alongside our full-time study options.

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Helen Roberts, Lecturer in Horticulture, Land and Wildlife, Horticulture

Helen has a BSc. (Hons) Applied Plant Sciences from the University of Manchester, a Master of Research (MRes) in Biological Sciences from the University of Manchester and a Master of Arts in Landscape Design at the University of Sheffield.

Helen has taught within FE colleges since January 2017; prior to this she worked as a landscape architect in the northwest of England. She has been self employed as a garden designer/manager working on projects and gardens within Somerset. Helen has additionally been a self-employed gardens writer, producing articles for the University of Bristol Botanic Gardens and is a probationary member of the Garden Media Guild, and continues to pursue writing and attending horticultural seminars with the University of Bath Gardening Club and at Hillier Headquarters, Hampshire.

Helen has a keen interest in garden history and visits many gardens within the UK as well as overseas. She also enjoys open water swimming and skiing in her own time.

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The Walled Garden

These 200-year-old gardens provide a dedicated space for horticulture students to build their practical knowledge.

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Our glasshouses are fitted with automated irrigation systems to assist with propagating and growing a wide variety of plants.

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Manorhouse Lawns

The lawns in front of Lackham House provide the perfect environment for learning about ornamental horticulture.

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Tropical Hothouse

Our tropical hothouse is the home of our Guinness world-record breaking Citron plant. The warm temperature inside the hothouse allows us to grow a wide variety of exotic plants including chillis, cacti, succulents and more.

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The stretch of the River Avon which runs through the Lackham estate provides an environment for studying wetland wildlife and plant species.

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The woods at Lackham allow students to learn about and practise arboriculture and forest management, including coppicing, surveys, felling trees and providing environments for game.

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