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Sun Shines on Greenmount Horticulture Awards Ceremony

The importance of the horticulture industry in Northern Ireland continues to grow and this was reflected in the range of qualifications that were awarded at the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise CAFRE Horticulture Awards Ceremony at Greenmount Campus. This was the first time that was a separate graduation ceremony for Horticulture and over 70 students crossed the stage.

In his opening address, John Fay, the College Director, highlighted how horticulture plays a fundamental role in the economy, society and the environment. He said how the Greenmount education, skills development and training, both generic and specific, places the graduating students in a unique position to compete successfully in an industry that is a major contributor to the local economy.

Paul Mooney, Head of Horticulture Education, in his speech paid tribute to the graduating students and spoke of their achievements. He recognised the sacrifice of those who continued their studies despite travelling long distances over several years and took this opportunity to remind all that, "education is not some sort of race or destination; rather it is a lifetime journey." He reflected on the highlights of a year that included a continuing commitment to exhibit creative displays and demonstrations at such events as the Balmoral Show and the Airtricity Garden Festival. The Annual Open Day event showcased the diversity of horticulture careers through talks given by both current and past students. Paul concluded by congratulating all the students receiving awards and wished them well for the future.

The guest speaker, Leigh Morris President of the Institute of Horticulture, explained how he came into the horticulture sector by chance, but took all opportunities that came his way. As a result he has had a very successful career to date and is looking forward to new challenges in the future. Leigh said “If you are looking for an exciting and dynamic career in a developing sector, then horticulture is the place to be”.

Greenmount are currently accepting applications for all courses in horticulture. For further information, contact Freephone: 0800 028 4291; email enquires@cafre.ac.uk

Source: Cafre - Sun Shines on Greenmount Horticulture Awards Ceremony