5th June 2002




A Roman-themed garden will be the centrepiece of the University of Lincoln's display at the Lincolnshire Show this year.


The university adopted its new name last October along with its emblem - Minerva, the Roman goddess of wisdom and learning.


This year's display will be the first since the University of Lincoln absorbed the Lincoln School of Art and Design and the Lincolnshire School of Agriculture from De Montfort University.


The focus of the display will be on the courses to be offered at Riseholme Park from September 2002, including Adventure Tourism, Horticulture, Animal Management and Welfare, Equine Studies and Agriculture.


The highlight of the Roman garden will be a tractor and plough tilling the earth to reveal a replica Roman mosaic of Minerva beneath.


University staff and students will be on hand to talk to visitors about the courses offered at the Lincolnshire School of Agriculture and to explain the planned move of animal and equine courses from Caythorpe to Riseholme Park this summer.


An architect’s model of the proposed £2 million campus development at Riseholme, including a new animal and equine building, a horse treadmill, stables, barns, indoor and outdoor arenas and kennels, will also be on display to the public.


Information will also be available on the Lincolnshire Regional Access Centres which the university helped to set up and on the PEARL project to provide Lincolnshire people with information on education courses and funding.


“For the first time this year the University of Lincoln and the campuses which transferred from De Montfort University will come together in a bigger, brighter stand than ever before,” commented university spokesman Jez Ashberry.


“Horticulture staff and students are working on the Roman garden which will be the spectacular centrepiece of our display.”


The University of Lincoln will be at the 2002 Lincolnshire Show at Avenue 10, Row G Stand 251 on 19th and 20th June.


For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)                 email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk