More than 200 students affected by the closure of a City of Wolverhampton College horticultural centre may be able to resume their studies elsewhere under new plans which have been unveiled.
Education chiefs closed the Cedars site, on Compton Road West, in July saying it was losing money and that there was a lack of demand from students.
Redrow Homes, chaired by Wolves owner Steve Morgan, has since said it is considering building houses on the land which is next to a £50million development it has been building at Compton Park.
Now bosses at Birmingham Metropolitan College said it has been in talks with former staff at the Cedars about what lessons were conducted to see if they can offer additional places on their full and part-time training programmes in horticulture, floristry, garden design and environmental conservation at their Horticulture Academy based at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.
Darren Rudge, former manager at the Cedars, said he was delighted. He added: “Over 200 students were affected by the closure of the centre; many of whom were hoping to continue their training. I’m delighted that these learners now have the chance to be part of another highly successful training provision.
“The former students that I have recently been in contact with are enthused about being able to progress to their next level of studies in such stunning historical gardens.”
Rod Jones, faculty director at Birmingham College, added: “We are really pleased to offer support to students affected by the closure of the Cedars Centre.
“Those that choose to join us at the academy will continue to receive a high standard of training from our experienced staff in order to match the professional expertise of their peers.”
The £50million Compton Park development includes a new school for St Edmund’s Catholic Academy, an expansion of Wolverhampton Wanderers’ training ground and the creation of 55 homes. College bosses say they conducted a ‘rigorous’ curriculum review before deciding to close the Cedars. A campaign was launched to save it that saw 1,000 people sign a petition.