Burnley Campus

July 11 / 64

The Melbourne School of Land and Environment’s Burnley Campus is renowned for its horticultural teaching and research.

Set on nine hectares of heritage-listed gardens in Richmond, Burnley has a history of horticultural teaching that extends back to 1891. 

Students can choose short courses, associate and bachelor degrees, post-graduate studies or research higher degrees. They study subjects as diverse as urban landscape management, garden design and construction, arboriculture, therapeutic landscapes and ecology.

Acting Head of Burnley Associate Professor Stefan Arndt said the campus gave students a wonderful learning experience.

“As a small campus close to the city, Burnley provides a unique community of research and teaching staff, and undergraduate and postgraduate students. 

“Staff undertake field-based research and deliver high-quality teaching programs in a botanical teaching garden of state and national heritage significance,” he said.  

“With 90 enrolments, the Masters of Urban Horticulture is one of the most successful postgraduate courses in the faculty, and one of few coursework programs of its type in the world.

“International student enrolments in this course are building, as are links with other university programs.”

Dr Arndt said new research and teaching programs built around sustainable urban landscapes and green infrastructure linked Burnley’s historical roots to the modern needs and challenges of urban horticulture in the 21 century. 

He said the wider community also benefitted from Burnley outreach and engagement activities.  

“The Discovering Horticulture short course is an excellent example of this,” Dr Arndt said. 

“Running since 1985, it has become an institution on the site.”

The Burnley Open Day will take place on Sunday 17 July, 10:00am-3:00pm, 500 Yarra Boulevard. More information, http://www.land-environment.unimelb.edu.au/bod/

 

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