Leading and learning

Greenbelt joins forces with SRUC students

Community engagement at all levels is incredibly important to Greenbelt, but especially so when it comes to helping new generations of professionals in understanding the world of landscaping and horticulture. That’s why we’re actively involved with educational organisations across the UK.

Recently this programme saw our Regional Operations Manager Donald Ferguson (BSc Hons. Horticulture) take a student group from Scottish Rural College (SRUC Edinburgh) around our development at Balgarvie Farm, Scone.

“SRUC gave me the skills set to advance my own career while providing me with real life projects,” said Donald, “and so, as a former student, I feel it’s essential current students get to see the realities of their chosen career paths.

“I’m positive that a great partnership is being established between Greenbelt and SRUC and I already have some future projects in mind.”

Following the visit to Balgarvie Farm, Douglas Coltart, who is SRUC’s Programme Team Leader for Horticulture and Landscape, commented: “At SRUC we endeavour to provide our students with the opportunities to visit, experience and get involved with real life projects in the workplace and communities. We feel this prepares our students for a variety of careers within the landscape and horticulture industries.

“This is why SRUC is involved with many different business ventures and partnerships while at the same time ensuring a close relationship with the local communities.

“With this in mind we are excited to establish and build a partnership that benefits our students with Greenbelt, who share our vision of building and sustaining community relationships  – while providing a high standard of landscape management throughout their UK sites.”


His positive reaction was echoed by Gerard O’Brien (BA Hons. (Mod) Nat.Sci. MLA CMLI), who is a Lecturer in Garden and Greenspace Design at SRUC.

“Big thanks must go to Greenbelt and Donald for taking the group of students around Balgarvie Farm – these fourth year students will be using the development as part of the module Advanced Case Studies as they work towards their BSc in Horticulture.

“It was great for the students to see landscape management in action – the development was maintained and managed to an excellent standard and it’s exactly the standards our students should be striving for in their own chosen careers.”