Hadlow College saw a packed Pym Hall last Thursday evening, with 150 local residents attending a recording of the flagship BBC Radio 4 programme, Gardeners’ Question Time.
On Wednesday, 10th February 2016 students and ex-students of Hadlow College had the exciting opportunity to meet a broad range of employers and speak to them about organisations and careers in the land-based sector, amongst others.
We held our 3rd annual training and pruning event on Friday 5th February, with an impressive turnout of Landscape, Horticulture and Design students gathering at the Huxley/BIFGA orchard to learn techniques from a veritable who’s-who of fruit-growing luminaries.
Brimming with pride and new-found confidence, the first group of students have graduated from the new Sector Based Work Academy at Thanet Earth, run in conjunction with Hadlow College. Five participants were selected for the scheme by the Job Centre Plus in Margate, where the group of jobseekers are being supported back into work.
A member of Hadlow’s teaching staff has received a prestigious international award for his contribution to a book about architectural concepts which integrate sustainable food-growing systems into the design of cities. Dr. Howard Lee, Lecturer in Sustainable Agriculture, was jointly awarded the Royal Institute of British Architects’ (RIBA) ‘President's Award for Outstanding University-located Research’ for his contribution to the 2014 book Second Nature Urban Agriculture: Designing Productive Cities.
Our strategic plan and operational objectives for 2015-2020 were announced at an evening event for stakeholders, patrons and staff on 3rd December, held at our Animal Management Unit (AMU).
Our Agriculture students are celebrating after achieving four prizes at the annual two-day Ashford Fat Stock event on the 30th Nov-1st Dec. The College was awarded 1st and 4th prizes for their pigs in the 80-100kg heavy class, qualifying for the championship round, where they won 1st and Champion Pig Carcass.
Since we teamed up with the Blue Cross animal charity at the end of 2014 opening our first Cattery, we have taken in 16 cats, plus 5 kittens and have successfully re-homed a total of 13 cats.
We have recently added two Raccoon Dogs (Latin name: Nyctereutes procyonoides) to our ever growing and varied collection of animals at our Animal Management unit.
Two of our Floristry staff have returned from a day at Leeds Castle, where they were invited to exhibit and represent Hadlow College in their Annual Festival of Flowers.
Our Agriculture and Apprenticeship, Business and Communities (ABC) department enjoyed a busy day at the Weald of Kent Ploughing Match. Held in Marden, the ploughing match luckily went ahead, despite recent heavy rain and on the day the sun came out!
It has been a busy summer for our Agriculture department, following all of their activity and involvement at the Kent County Show, the focus shifted to the Edenbridge & Oxted Agricultural Show.
Students from the Extended Diploma in Countryside Management, Diploma in Countryside and Environment, and Access to Higher Education courses recently experienced two days on the Tower Hill estate in excellent weather.
Olly Beadle studying Level 1 Diploma in sport and Active Leisure returned from The Special Olympic World Games 2015 in Los Angeles with two gold medals after winning both the Level 5+ Men’s Singles Gold and the Level 5 Mixed Doubles Gold with partner Laura Campbell.
We have enjoyed another successful 3 day Kent County Show (10th, 11th, 12th July) at the Detling Showground, with an impressive marquee packed full of faculty areas eager to showcase their part of the College.
The engineering department this year has 11 leavers who are all going into the engineering trade, farming or Higher Education within engineering.
A group of Level 2 Animal Nursing Assistants recently enjoyed a trip to London Zoo Veterinary Department.
Hadlow College’s vision for the regeneration of a former mining community in East Kent has seen it win ‘Best in Show’ at this year’s RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.
On 26th of June two mini busses full of Agricultural Engineering Students set off from Hadlow for a factory tour at New Holland Agriculture in Basildon. This had kindly been arranged by Doug Arnold from Haynes Agri Tech who are a local New Holland dealership working closely with the Agricultural team at Hadlow.
Our new dog grooming salon, Hadlow PIF Grooming School is managed jointly by Hadlow College and the Pet Industry Federation (PIF) the leading trade association for the pet industry.
Our Forestry and Arboriculture students recently had great fun dismantling a very large tree on the Hadlow Campus using a crane.
We have enjoyed another successful South of England Show. Our main stand, run by our Agriculture department and a committed team of Agricultural Engineering students, was well attended by visitors with course enquiries.
15 students from Year 1 and Year 2 of the FdSc Countryside Management course recently enjoyed a Study Tour to Dartmoor, staying in camping pods (wooden structures providing basic accommodation) or camped on the banks of the East Dart, at Brimpts farm in the heart of the National park.
We have launched our 2015 Spring and Summer cycle scheme. As part of our ‘LESS’ programme Hadlow College staff are being encouraged cycle around the Hadlow campus, rather than driving.
Our Hadlow College Animal Management faculty have been running a trip to Jersey to visit Durrell Wil
Hadlow Campus, Canterbury Campus, Mottingham Campus, Royal Borough of Greenwich Equestrian Skills and Riding Centre
Canterbury Campus, Hadlow Campus, Mottingham Campus, Royal Borough of Greenwich Equestrian Skills and Riding Centre
Royal Borough of Greenwich Equestrian Skills and Riding Centre