New Centre to Open at Temple Newsam following Rural Interest Growth
Date: 23rd June 2016
An impressive Tudor-Jacobean mansion and gardens designed by Capability Brown in the 1760s are soon to be the backdrop for students from Askham Bryan College.
Animal management and horticulture students currently based at Horsforth, Leeds, will move into their new home at Temple Newsam from next September (2016) with Home Farm and the Walled Garden as important centres for their studies.
Acclaimed for its rurally focussed courses, Askham Bryan College's main campus is at York with a further nine centres across the North of England.
The growth in interest from young people across the region, and particularly from urban backgrounds, has led to this new initiative, which follows closely on the heels of opening the college's Saltaire centre in April. A new Director with specific responsibility for West Yorkshire, Mike Panting, has also been appointed.
Temple Newsam is owned by Leeds City Council and the initiative is the result of a partnership with Askham Bryan College which has been developed initially through the delivery of apprenticeships in the Parks and Countryside service.
Wes Johnson, Campus Principal, said: “We were really excited when Leeds City Council suggested a college hub at Temple Newsam and it's great that this is now coming to fruition. Leeds City Council has been extremely positive and supportive throughout, which has been a major factor in enabling us to realise our vision and bring new opportunities to young people in West Yorkshire.”
Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for Environment and Sustainability, said: “We are delighted to be offering Temple Newsam estate, including Home Farm, and a number of our park sites across Leeds as a base for students from Askham Bryan to learn and develop a range of exciting new skills.
As part of our partnership with Askham Bryan, parks and countryside apprentices and other council staff will also be given the chance to access a wide range of learning, training and further study courses on offer, which is great news.”
Councillor Mohammed Rafique, Leeds City Council’s executive member for Employment, Enterprise and Opportunity, said: “We are always looking at ways to open up new learning opportunities for people of all ages in Leeds, and it fantastic therefore to be working in partnership with Askham Bryan on their land based learning programme.”
Endorsing their comments, Wes Johnson added: “Temple Newsam is such a wonderful location and its resources are ideal for the courses we specialise in and will complement our students' aspirations. We have strong connections with this area, including 90 students who already study with us at Horsforth which we anticipate will increase to around 120 for the start of the academic year in September.”
“There are so many advantages for our students – for example, not only will they have the benefit of the wonderful setting of the iconic house and its landscaped grounds, but the Walled Garden is home to five national plant collections, there are over 700 meters of herbaceous borders, plus rose beds and herb and vegetable gardens all set within the 18th century garden.”
Students will have access to the working farm at Temple Newsam which is home to an extensive range of rare breeds including cattle, sheep, goats and poultry. They will also be able to study at other Leeds City Council properties, adding a unique dimension to their experience and skill base.
Visits to Tropical World in Leeds and the Council's parks at Roundhay, Otley Chevin, Lotherton Hall and Pudsey will be on the timetable as well as to the York campus where there is the new animal management centre and wildlife park, plus the equine centre and college farm.
Mike Panting has been appointed the College's Director to oversee its West Yorkshire operations, which includes centres at Wakefield and Saltaire as well as Leeds. He has more than 18 years' experience at senior level in education and prior to that, within the police serving across the UK. Mike has managed college teams in Cornwall, London, Cambridgeshire and Surrey joining Askham Bryan in 2014.
Following his appointment Mike commented: “I am really excited at the prospect of leading the West Yorkshire teams to achieve outstanding provision for the region's young people. Providing rurally orientated courses close to the West Yorkshire conurbations has enormous potential and with the recent re-location of the Bradford base to the fantastic Saltaire site and the pending move to Temple Newsam, we will have the facilities to match our ambition.”