Hadlow College Students Enjoy Success at the National Fruit Show
Returning to the competition after a fifteen year break, horticultural students at Hadlow College have successfully entered, and been awarded prizes, for their apple entries at the National Fruit Show.
The fruit, grown within the College’s orchards and cared for by College students, was entered into two separate classes, one of which was established this year to commemorate the late Sue Daly – a highly influential figure within the fruit sector and a recent Hadlow College horticultural lecturer.
Known historically as ‘the fruit college’ due to its long association with the industry, the College has recently re-engaged with the sector through a number of different ways, including an innovative three year Fruit Management Supervisory Programme. This programme, which was launched at the 2011 National Fruit Show, allows trainees to experience the breadth of the sector through company placements.
In addition, through its two orchards the College is currently trialling over 40 new cultivars of apples with some of the varieties currently grown in our orchards including Gala, Fuji, Braeburn and the new Cox Golden cultivar – ‘Cheerfull Gold’. The orchards have five different training systems in place so that students gain a fully rounded experience and also contain trials of planting systems. Plus, the recent ‘Pip to Plate’ event, which the College initiated, successfully raised the profile of the industry amongst schools.