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Hadlow Group Ends Kent County Show on a High

The Hadlow Group had a hugely successful three days at this year's Kent County Show. The main marquee had a countryside and sustainability theme, with a host of exciting stands and interactive activities on offer. Visitors watched the West Kent College catering students rustling up paella and a chocolate fondant, there were floristry demonstrations and tomato tasting from the Hadlow Court Lane nursery crop and the Agriculture department showcased their lambing simulator and electronic ear tag demos. The West Kent and Ashford College Construction faculties grabbed attention with their buzzer game and plaster-casting, respectively, and there were music performances, complimentary hair & beauty treatments, t-shirt printing and the ABC Apprenticeships team serving cream teas.

The Equine area featured a lucky dip incorporating Davina, the College’s life-sized model horse, and the chance to milk a model cow also proved very popular!  Other features included a display garden, fishpond and race car simulator, built by one of the West Kent College students.

Over at the Betteshanger Parks stand, those looking for a challenge tried their hand at inflating an 18-ft tree or charging their mobile phone using only pedal power. At one point, there was a tense face-off between Hadlow CFO and Deputy Group Principal, Mark Lumsdon-Taylor, and Betteshanger Director Richard Morsley on the bikes.

The fantastic Hadlow Group main marquee caught the eye of both HRH the Duke of Kent and the EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Phil Hogan, both of whom toured the tent. The marquee also went down very well with the judges, who awarded it 2nd prize in the Agricultural Trade Stand category:

Not content with winning a trade stand prize, the Group also came away with several prizes in the agricultural competitions. The Agricultural Engineering team won 1st in Class 1 (horse drawn) in the heritage ring and the College took two firsts, three seconds and four thirds in the cattle ring. Judges complimented Hadlow College respresentatives throughout the weekend on the quality of the animals (the majority of which were 3rd and 4th generation Hadlow-bred cattle) and the way they had been turned out for the show ring. Results were:

1st - Dry Cow
1st - Heifer Sweepstake

2nd - Heifer Sweepstake
2nd - Milk Recorded Holstein Cow
2nd - Interbreed Junior Dairy Bulling Heifer

3rd - Interbreed Junior Dairy Bulling Heifer
3rd - Maiden Heifer
3rd - Intermediate Cow
3rd - Junior Cow   

4th - Interbreed Junior Dairy In Calf Heifer
4th - Maiden Heifer
4th - Heifer In Calf
4th - Dairy Young Handlers
4th - Heifer In Milk

5th - Dairy Young Handlers
5th - Heifer In Milk
5th - Exhibitor Bred Dairy

6th - Heifer In Milk
6th - Dairy Young Handler

Elsewhere at the Show, the Forestry & Arboriculture team triumphed at the Husqvarna UK pole climbing championships, with a Hadlow student, Louie Wilmshurst, winning on Sunday in the final, climbing the 25-metre free-standing wooden pole in a stunning 16.98 seconds. He is now the current UK pole-climbing champion in the Tree Surgeon class - a fantastic achievement considering it was the first time he had entered a pole climbing competition. After coming 2nd on Saturday on his first attempt, he was determined to better his time in the final on Sunday.

The lecturers also competed, with Graeme Neep coming 5th overall with 32 seconds and Stefan Jordan in 6th overall with 42 secs (coming 2nd and 3rd in the lecturers/trainers class). Other students that also climbed on Saturday were Jacob Taylor, Tony Dighton and Jamie Mennett.

Hadlow’s Head of Faculty for Agriculture and Rural Industries, Scott Clark, commented: “I’m very proud of our numerous successes at this year’s Show and I think it’s a great recognition of the commitment and the hard work our students and staff have put in.”

For more information, contact: Philip Orrell, Hadlow Group PR and Media Manager, Tel: 01732 372794,

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