Horticulture facilities at Greenmount
Greenmount’s wonderful Campus is set in 18 hectares of landscaped grounds. The estate was originally laid out in the 19th century and some of the original parkland trees and garden features provide the focus for today’s modern gardens. Horticulture students develop practical, technical and management skills in two Horticulture Centres.
The Amenity Horticulture Centre
This Centre includes a large walled garden. It has been in continuous use since it was built in 1801 and underwent major redevelopment for the Millennium. The garden has been redesigned in a dramatic formal style with its grand conservatory, knot gardens, maze, rose garden, fruit garden and other ornamental plantings it is a showpiece for horticulture in Northern Ireland and a superb outdoor classroom. The campus has extensive plant collections, including, The DARD Rose Garden that showcases the varieties of rose cultivars which have won the DARD award at the Belfast International Rose Trials over the past 40 years.
The college’s 15 hectares sports turf area is comprised of multifunctional playing fields and a Greenkeeping and Golf Academy. The academy offers a golf coaching/driving range complex, unique contoured driving range, practice chipping and putting greens and a playable three hole golf course incorporating many different bunker styles and water features.
Horticulture Training Centre
The Horticulture Training Centre has a wide range of production facilities for both edible and ornamental crops. There are polytunnels and nursery facilities for growing trees and shrubs, pot plants, bedding plants and cut flowers. A modern glasshouse block has six environmentally controlled growing environments demonstrating systems, such as, nutrient film technique and ebb and flood floors. These production resources are used both for teaching and for technology development projects. Staff leading these projects teach on the Foundation Degree programme so students obtain firsthand experience of the projects.
Machinery and Building Centre
The Machinery and Building Centre enables all machinery and building teaching activity for horticultural students at Greenmount to be concentrated in a single specialist facility. This Centre includes a fully equipped horticultural machinery workshop where students can practice machinery maintenance operations which are especially important in the sports turf sector which regularly relies on expensive and high tech equipment. There is also a buildings demonstration workshop used to teach estate and hard landscaping skills such as fencing, walling and paving.