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Richard Lewis

Senior Lecturer Rural Studies

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Richard Lewis

Room: Staff office Corbishley Hall


+44 (0) 1978 293966



Richard started his horticultural career many years ago when at aged 8 he received a 10 shilling note as wages for harvesting sage and planting cabbages on a local market garden in the Vale of Evesham in the Midlands.

He trained at the prestigious Writtle Agricultural College in Essex for his qualification in Commercial Horticulture.  After spells of working at the government experimental station at Luddington EHS, Stratford on Avon, the ICI orchard Facility at Fernhurst and in Kent as a fruit farm manager he joined the Welsh College of Horticulture in 1986 as a lecturer teaching a wide range of subjects. He is presently a Senior Lecturer in Rural studies at the University.

Richard is very active on the horticultural evening talk circuit which gives him a chance to promote the land-based aspects of the University.

He has worked as a volunteer horticultural consultant since 2008 for a charity that aims to provide Horticultural training and water capture and storage support to subsistence farmers in Uganda. Richards finds it a very rewarding position which allows him to train new volunteers and also travel. To date he has carried out 8 operational visits.


Cert Ed

HND Commercial Horticulture

National Botanic Garden “Growing the Future” Course

BSc Wildlife and Plant Biology: Soils and the rooting Environment.

BSc Equine Science and WelfareManagement, BSc Wildlife and Plant Biology and BSc Animal Studies: Applied Project.

BSc Animal Studies: Animal handling and enclosure design

The use of natural extracts in the control or repelling of crop pests