6th April 2004




Three female horticulture students from the University of Lincoln have been constructing a traditional garden hotbed with an intriguing difference.


Lauren Barker (17), Emma Constin (26) and Jennifer Wilson (33), who are all first-year students at the Lincolnshire School of Agriculture at Riseholme Park, have been assembling a system for generating basal heat, the main source being horse manure. 


The result is the development of unique plants which normally would be currently out of season. These distinctive crops include sweet potatoes and melons, plant life not traditionally associated with this country.


“It’s a very exciting project and all the students are extremely eager and thrilled to be involved with the assignment,” said Paul Ievins, senior lecturer in Garden Design at the university. 


The hotbed will be situated next to the new kitchen garden area which the students are also creating, subsequently developing and learning valuable glazing techniques.  


“During the construction I have had my female students working on tractors and brick laying,” said Paul. 


“This is an immense achievement for these young ladies who previously were too terrified to even touch the machinery.  It has given them immense confidence and I am thoroughly proud of their accomplishment”.  


The tropical plants are expected to flourish in July this year.  “We really can’t wait to see the results,” Paul added.  


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