Bridgwater & Taunton College (BTC) has kick started celebrations of 100 years of Land-based education in Cannington, with a tree planting ceremony that spanned the three campuses; Bridgwater, Cannington and Taunton.
In 1919 Lord Clifford donated land to the Somerset County Council to build the first County Institute of Farming in Cannington. One hundred years later, and the Land-based provision offered by the College continues to thrive and now attracts students from across the county and further afield.
The ceremonies, which fell within National Tree Week, mark the beginning of a project to plant 320 trees across the campuses. The trees were generously donated by the Woodland Trust as part of their aim to help combat climate change by planting 100,000 trees nationwide. It also kick starts an exciting programme of activities planned by the College throughout the coming year to celebrate the centenary.
Jason Gunningham, Assistant Principal for Land-based Studies at Bridgwater & Taunton College, said,
The planting of these trees symbolises and commemorates the past and the future of our Land-based provision in Cannington, but also very importantly confirms our continued ambition as a College to take a positive stance on climate change through initiative such as these we continue to care for and enhance our natural environment as much as possible.
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