A ribbon-cutting ceremony has been carried out at Hartpury to formally mark the opening of its new £2 million Tech Field Park.
The brand new facility opened on Thursday (July 7) and is alleged to show Hartpury’s ongoing dedication to shaping the way forward for digital farming and the following part of its ten-year strategic imaginative and prescient to offer world-class agricultural services, schooling, and analysis.
Russell Marchant, vice-chancellor of Hartpury College mentioned: “We’re constructing an thrilling future for our college students and trade companions.
“The launch of the Tech Field Park types the much-anticipated second part of our pioneering Digital Innovation Farm to satisfy the worldwide demand for brand new expertise in farming. Knowledge and expertise shall be important if British farming is to sort out the problem of utilizing expertise to extend productiveness in a sustainable method.”
The Tech Field Park was formally opened by Cllr Philip Robinson, county councillor for GCC Mitcheldean Division and cupboard member for Schooling, Abilities, and Bus Transport, and the college’s vice-chancellor Russell Marchant in entrance of greater than 80 invited company which included GFirst LEP, undertaking companions, supporters, buddies, and present Tech Field Park members and residents.
Whereas having fun with refreshments, company toured the brand new facility that can present free assist to SMEs in Gloucestershire seeking to check and trial new or present Agri-Tech merchandise and assist them speed up to market.
The occasion concluded with a staged drone flight demonstration by visitor speaker and Tech Field Park member Gareth Whatmore, DronePrep/Sky-Highways founder and CEO.
Funding for the Tech Field Park has been offered by the GFirst Native Enterprise Partnership Getting Constructing Fund, the European Regional Improvement Fund (ERDF), and the Elizabeth Creak Charitable Belief.
David Owen, CEO of GFirst LEP mentioned: “GFirst LEP is delighted to assist this state-of-the-art and thrilling undertaking at Hartpury College and Hartpury School. The undertaking has obtained funding of £1.25m from the ‘Getting Constructing Fund’ to create new innovation and demonstration workspace for top development SMEs in Gloucestershire. Hartpury have proved to be a improbable accomplice to work with and this undertaking will lead the work of accelerating productiveness on this vital sector for the county.”
Nick Abell trustee of The Elizabeth Creak Charitable Belief added: “As a charity devoted to the way forward for farming, agricultural analysis and schooling, we’re completely happy to assist the creation of agri-tech areas that successfully drive change and clear up ‘actual world’ agricultural issues for the advantage of the broader agri-tech and meals manufacturing industries.
“By offering funding for Hartpury’s ground-breaking Digital Innovation Farm Tech Field Park initiative, we’re championing collaboration between trade, Hartpury College and School, and the following technology of farmers. We’re all working collectively in the direction of the imaginative and prescient of HM Authorities that the UK turns into a world chief in agricultural expertise, innovation and sustainability.”
Catherine Briggs, Tech Field Park centre supervisor mentioned: “It is a improbable place for SMEs to develop their enterprise and an incredible area for progressive pondering. With the most important and fastest-growing community of Agri-Tech SMEs to work with within the county, it truly is an thrilling time to be working in Gloucestershire.”