Real Estate & Planning's Rural students on Field Trip to the Cotswolds
30 September 2014
Real Estate & Planning's new MSc Rural Land and Business Management students, together with our Part 3 Rural BSc Real Estate students, enjoyed a three day Induction Study Tour last week in the Cotswolds and showed they really know the meaning of "field trip"!
The new MSc Rural Land and Business Management students, together with the Part 3 Rural BSc Real Estate students, enjoyed a three day Induction Field Trip last week in the Cotswolds. The group visited Westonbirt Arboretum on Wednesday afternoon, where guide Val Taylor introduced the students to many exotic and native trees.
Thursday and Friday were spent with tenants of the Ernest Cook Trust estates at Slimbridge, Hatherop and Fairford. The students were introduced to a vast range of agricultural systems, including all forms of livestock and arable farming. On Thursday they saw robotic milking in action at Slimbridge Farm, equestrian enterprises at Billow Farm, Haylage and Longhorn cattle at Hurst Farm, and then moved onto Fairford, to learn about all things arable from Tom Paton at Milton Farm.
On Friday it was the turn of award winning John Phillips at Far Hill Farm to host the students. John is this year’s winner of the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust’s prestigious Cotswold Grey Partridge Trophy for the miles of wildlife habitats that he has created. At Homeleaze Farm the students met James Hart and viewed the AD plant. Two more visits were squeezed in before lunch: to Tim and Tom Lander at Manor Farm Eastleach, to learn about their organic Angus cattle, and then to Sam and Helen Wade at Eastleach Downs Farm, to see some very happy free range, organic pigs. The students had the weekend to recover from their packed schedule, before classes started at 9am on Monday morning!