ITB launches new horticulture facilities
29 September 2014
The Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton T.D., recently launched the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown’s (ITB) new Horticulture facilities.
The construction of the new horticulture facilities has seen ITB invest €1.25m in new infrastructure for it’s 22.5 hectare campus. The project included the building of glasshouses, poly-tunnels, workshops and welfare facilities as well as a range of outdoor practical work areas for fruit and vegetable production and sports turf management.
The investment is said to complement ITB’s innovative purpose-built campus. In recent years, developments have included both third generation synthetic and natural grass pitches, sports pavilion, additional car-parking facilities and a shuttle bus service linking the college with Blanchardstown village, the shopping centre and Coolmine railway station. The investment in new infrastructure will allow ITB to cater for the growing number of students across a range of established and new courses.
Highlighting the importance of the new facilities to ITB, Dr Mary Meaney, President ITB, called it a “fantastic addition to our campus and to celebrate with our horticulture staff and students.” She also explained that the college is looking forward to “welcoming the community, industry and education partners and local schools to visit the new facility at a special open day we are planning later in the academic year.”
ITB offers horticulture programmes at level 6, 7 & 8 in addition to part-time courses in professional horticulture practice and a certificate in parks and gardens.