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Tourism Students Visit Farnley Estates

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Farnley Estates is forging closer links with the University of Huddersfield, and has recently invited BA (Hons) Travel and Tourism Management students to use the Estate as the subject for their second-year project.

Students visited the Estate on 13 March to look at the layout and access routes. They will now spend approximately six weeks identifying tourism opportunities for the 2,000-acre Estate, which includes around 400 acres of woodland, some of which is designated ancient woodland. Their ideas and findings will be presented to lecturers and the Estate in May, and will form 10% of their mark for the year.

“It’s a great opportunity for the students to work on a site that they can visit, and one that is almost a blank canvass. Whatever ideas they come up with will have to take into account the Estate’s geography and consider other issues such as catchment area and future sustainability” says Dr Nick Hubbard, Head of Logistics, Transport & Tourism at the University.

 The Estate is currently putting together a 25-year plan, and is consulting with people in the local region about what they want from the Estate in the future, whether it’s greater access for walking, cycling and outdoor leisure, or other activities. It’s possible that the students’ project will add some interesting ideas to the mix, as Paul Sykes, Farnley Estates Managing Director, says:

 “By giving the students an open brief, I’m looking forward to the creative ideas that they come up with. Hopefully we can put some of these ideas into our consultation process, but at the very least, we’ll be helping the students by giving them a live project to work on.”

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