Teagasc/FBD Student of the Year for 2022

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The Teagasc/FBD Student of the Year Awards were presented by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, 9th May.

Ellen Vaughan is the Teagasc/FBD Student of the Year for 2022.  Ellen hails from a dairy farm in County Meath and works part-time on the farm along with being a fulltime teacher. Ellen completed the Level 6 Distance Green Cert at Teagasc, Navan, County Meath.

Laura Lynch won the Drytsock category. Laura comes from Athy, County Kildare and completed the Level 6 Specific Purpose Certificate in Farming (Distance) at Teagasc, Mullingar.

Amanda Draper was the top student in the Other Land Based Enterprises Category. Amanda comes from Cork and has graduated with distinction on both Level 5 and Level 6 in Equitation at Teagasc. Kildalton College.

Teagasc/FBD Student of the Year for 2022

Speaking at the awards, Michael Berkery, Chairman of FBD Trust, said ‘FBD is committed to supporting education in agriculture. We are delighted to continue sponsoring the Teagasc / FBD Student of the Year awards this year. On behalf of the team at FBD, I would like to congratulate the finalists on their achievements and wish them all the very best in their future farming careers.’

Dr Anne Marie Butler, Head of Education in Teagasc congratulated the finalists and thanked education colleagues for their commitment and dedication. She said that in 2022, almost 4,500 students successfully completed training with Teagasc and were awarded a QQI certificate.


About Teagasc College Of Amenity Horticulture

The College of Amenity Horticulture is located at the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin, 5km north west of the city centre and is accessible by the 4, 9 and 83 buses.

Having our college located in the National Botanic Gardens provides students with a unique training opportunity. There is a strong tradition of training at the National Botanic Gardens dating back to 1812.

Our aim is to train students for employment in the amenity horticulture industry. We provide our training in association with OPW, Dublin Municipal Parks departments and a large selection of Horticultural Businesses.

Currently we are providing training for 300 students between all our courses. There is a balance of both school leavers and mature participants among the students. The College of Amenity Horticulture is non-residential with students finding accommodation in the locality.

While on courses students are trained in the theory and practice of horticulture and get an opportunity to work in a practical way alongside skilled horticulturalists as part of their training.

Graduates of our courses contribute in many sectors of the horticulture industry, such as, landscape design and construction, garden centres, parks, estate gardens, grounds maintenance and greenkeeping.

All aspects of Horticulture are being studied on our programmes from Level 5 to Level 7 and prospective students should contact the college directly or attend a careers and course day to find out more information.

Steven Galvin

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