Cork 2012: Teaching a growth area

A UCC course in horticulture aims to help students get an understanding of the increasingly important organic sector, writes Caroline Allen.

23rd June, 2012
Professor Peter Jones, UCC; Roman Stern, Liss Ard Estate; Professor John O'Halloran, UCC; Dr Herman Stern, Liss Ard Estate; and Lord David Puttnam. Photo: Anne Minehane

UCC will begin teaching Ireland's first masters course in organic horticulture in west Cork in September. Recently launched by well-known film director Lord David Puttnam, who spends a lot of time at his west Cork home, the programme is not only a first for Ireland, but also for Europe.

It aims to equip students with the necessary scientific principles and practical applications to grow vegetable, fruit, herb and flower crops in a sustainable, environmentally friendly...

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