Derby College goes for gold

Derby College’s horticulture and equine students are representing Ilkeston and winning at national events.

The equine team have won the national final of the annual inter-college riding competition andfter going up against six other colleges in the Warwickshire final.

The students, who are all in the second year of their diploma in Horse Management based at the Broomfield Campus, Morley, competed in three legs – a dressage test, a show jumping round and a quiz to test their equine knowledge.

Meanwhile, the centre’s green-fingered students have started work on their show garden for this year’s Harrogate Flower Show and are hoping to clinch a gold medal for a second year.

This year, the group have chosen a monastic garden complete with groin arches, gargoyles, a water feature and a range of medicinal and culinary plants including vines and hops to make communion wine.

Horticulture lecturer Mike Baldwin said: “The students have worked hard and the show is great experience.”