Glasgow Clyde College (and formerly as Langside College) has a long and successful history of providing horticultural and landscaping courses to students at different locations in the Glasgow area.
However, by 2014 new premises had to be found and more relevant accommodation provided to house the wide range of subjects, now taught to over 164 students each year. The College applied to the Foundation for funds to design and build a bespoke and environmentally efficient facility in 2015 which was finally completed and opened for the 2017/18 academic year.
The new building provides 2 large bright modern workshops, 1 specifically for hard landscaping and the other soft landscaping, each having improved ICT access. In addition 3 industry size glasshouses have been created to support horticulture and plant growth. Now located at the main Langside campus of the College, students are able to put the skills they are acquiring to practical use in the College grounds and supporting local community projects.
With over 1540 Horticulture, Landscaping and Sports Turf businesses employing 20,704 people in Scotland and the College as a key provider of relevant training is making a vital contribution to Scotland’s land-based and horticultural services workforce, with the facility enabling a new HNC in Landscape and Management in 18/19 increasing student places to 180. Articulation links with the SRUC, Scotland’s Rural College provide degree level opportunities for students studying at the facility.
The photo below shows BBC Scotland Presenter Theresa Talbot, a former horticultural student at Langside College, with Vice Principal Brian Hughes and Assistant Principal David Innes.