A student who gave up a job with the NHS to do a diploma in horticulture was among the prizewinners at the annual award ceremony for Nottingham Trent University’s Brackenhurst campus on Friday.
Hannah Quinn, 36, of Bilton Close, Balderton, received the Alderman HJ Crocker Cup, presented to the best practical student on the BTEC diploma in horticulture.
The award values practical skills and Hannah was chosen for her investigative project, which took the form of a wooden roofed arbour seat.
The arbour was built from scratch and involved designing, planning and sourcing materials for it. It now has a permanent home in Brackenhurst’s Victorian walled garden.
Before joining the course Hannah worked as a senior discharge officer for the NHS.
“I have always loved gardening,” Hannah said. “I loved my job at the NHS too, but I wanted a change.”
She is now looking forward to starting her job with Fuller’s Forestry and Landscaping, a Winthorpe-based company.
The ceremony was held in Southwell Minster and celebrated the achievements of more than 80 students across six courses.
It was opened by the Dean of Southwell, the Very Rev Nicola Sullivan, and the school’s Dean, Professor Robert J. G. Mortimer.
Tina-Louise Jeffreys-Cockburn, 51, of Cotgrave, who has also been studying for her BTEC diploma in horticulture, was awarded the Nottinghamshire Women’s Institute Bowl for a mature student who has made exceptional progress as an adult learner.
She and Hannah were among six students chosen to grow the flowers and shrubbery that decorated the cathedral for the ceremony.
Amy White, 18, of Radcliffe, was presented with the A. and V. Squires Challenge Cup for her efforts across her BTEC diploma in horse management.
She received the award after being accepted into the grooms’ academy that provides extra tuition in horse maintenance and care for just two students each year.