Going green fingered in Prague

Release Date: 23 March 2017

A group of D&A students are growing their green-fingers in a series of locations in the Czech capital.

Horticulture lecturer Jane Maguire and student John Andrew, Czech out the must-see sights in Prague.

A total of 15 students from the NC level 5 horticulture and landscaping programmes are heading for work experience during a two-week visit to Prague, under the auspices of Erasmus +, a project aimed at allowing students to travel and learn abroad.

In a bid to cultivate a wider understanding of the industry the D&A contingent are undertaking work with the Silva Tarouca Research Institute for Landscape and Ornamental Gardening, and in the Stromavka Park, home of Troja Chateau and its impressive gardens, each day of their visit.

Also on the agenda are: a field trip to the Vysehrad Cemetery, where composer Dvorak and artist Mucha are buried; the Prague zoological gardens; the Czech Agricultural University; and the Malesice botanical garden.

“Prague may be famous for its history, architecture, writers, composers and artists but the city has a horticultural heritage as well, the gardens at Troja date from the 17th century,” said course leader Gregor McGillivray.

“This is an amazing opportunity for our students to work in an exciting and, for some, and exotic environment.

“Students will rarely have the chance to do this kind of work.”