Agriculture and Food Technology Class of 1968/69 - 50 Year Reunion! 

5 October 2018

A group of alumni recently visited our Brackenhurst Campus for a reunion to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the start of their studies. 

Geoff Earl got his former classmates together and Helen Trout, Alumni Relations Coordinator for the School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences, organised a staff talk and a tour of the campus.

The Dean of the School, Professor Robert Mortimer, gave a really interesting presentation in the library about developments at Brackenhurst, including research, course developments and the campus transformation that is currently taking place.

This was followed by a tour of the campus by William Donger, the Estates Manager. The group visited the Glasshouse where Ian Thomson, Environmental Technician, explained about the research Professor Gang Pan has been undertaking, and vertical planting. This is the process of hydroponically growing produce in water to avoid the need for soil, insecticides and to reduce waste. 

Ian also mentioned that in August Brackenhurst appeared on BBC One’s Countryfile, as the custodians of the original Bramley apple tree. The programme joined NTU scientists who are working to preserve as much genetic material as possible in an effort to unlock the secrets of the tree’s long life.

Finally, the group visited the agricultural roundhouse on the campus where the university’s herd of Lincoln Red cattle are homed. 

It was great to have the group back on campus. If you would like to arrange a reunion at NTU, visit our website or email us for more information. 



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