REP's rural students on field trip to Gloucestershire

2 October 2015

REP's rural students on field trip to Gloucestershire

The rural real estate students (MSc Rural Land and Business Management and BSc Rural Property Management / Real Estate) all enjoyed a two-day field trip to the Gloucestershire last week as part of their induction activities.

Real Estate & Planning's rural real estate students (MSc Rural Land and Business Management and BSc Rural Property Management / Real Estate) all enjoyed a two-day field trip to the Gloucestershire last week as part of their induction activities. 

The group started with a rather damp tour of Westonbirt Arboretum, but once past the M5, the sun started shining and stayed out for the rest of the trip.  Hosted by the Ernest Cook Trust, the students visited a robotic dairy, haylage business and an equestrian property on the Trust’s Slimbridge Estate on Thursday. 

On Friday, it was a day of renewables and livestock, as they toured the Hatherop Estate, visiting an Anaerobic Digester, a poultry unit (heated by biomass boiler), a goat milking enterprise and beef cattle.  Rosie Dennis, a final year undergraduate rural student said “It was a fantastic beginning to the year – and a really great way to meet people”.  Alice Brodie, one of our new MSc students commented “It was brilliant to see the different operations being used on the different farms, to meet Jonathon Stebbing the Land Agent, and it was especially nice to be able to bond with the other students.”  

At the last stop of the day - outdoor organic pigs at East Leach Downs Farm - some of the students managed to fit in a quick visit to the farm shop, taking home delicious souvenirs of their first week. The University is very grateful to the Ernest Cook Trust and all their tenants for their valuable time and very kind hospitality.

Photos of the field trip are available on our Facebook page.

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