Writtle: Moses shows Prince of Wales his ‘sack garden’

A Kenyan scholarship student at Writtle College met the Prince of Wales while exhibiting his Sack Garden at the East of England Show.

Marshal Papworth scholar Moses Biketi, an MSc Postharvest student, worked with other scholars to set up the portrayal of an African village with ‘sack gardens’.

Each scholar’s exhibit related to their studies.

“The Prince asked me whereabouts in Kenya I was from, and asked if I had helped to set up the African village display,” said Moses.

“ I have gained so many skills at Writtle that I wouldn’t have been able to gain in my own country.

“I am now looking forward to returning home to Africa and using what I have learnt for the benefit of the people.”

He added: “I have had many challenges along the way, but so far so good.”

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In October 2011, Moses met HRH The Duchess of Cornwall after she toured Writtle College on an official visit to Essex.

Before arriving in England, Moses had been working with Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Services (KEPHIS) as a plant/seed inspector. His long term career plans are to use the knowledge and skills from his scholarship back home.

Scholarships, awarded by the Marshal Papworth Trust of the East of England Agricultural Society, are offered in a bid to support agricultural and horticultural students from developing countries across the world. The competitive scholarships cover tuition fees and living expenses and are awarded to students who, in the view of the judging panel, will be able to apply their qualifications for the benefit of the wider community on returning to their home country.

Writtle College offers international students access to the opportunity of a full scholarship from the Marshal Papworth Trust. Students who have secured a place on a relevant course at Writtle may be selected by academics from the college and put forward for a scholarship.