Welcome to our Amazing Campus
What we can offer you on your degree programme.
Hadlow College offers an outstanding selection of commercial and real-life experiences for students across all curriculum areas. With investment of over £28 million in resources over the past 10 years, the College now offers an impressive array of practical and teaching resources, to support high quality teaching and learning.
Helping to make our students "instantly commercial"; ready to work and to join our existing graduates at the highest levels in the land-based sector.
Please find a sample below of what we have in place to support our graduates in our corner of the Garden of England.
Beautiful Campus and Extensive Grounds
Hadlow is located in the Garden of England, in the heart of the Kent countryside, with convenient links to London and the South East. Hadlow College is unique in that it uses its extensive estate in an innovative way, not only to provide a level of commercial income, but also as a bespoke teaching resource, which impacts on every degree programme offered at the College. It's also a large managed estate, with over 265 acres of prime arable land, woodland, cross country course, sports facilities, natural river habitats, 3 commercial farms, established show gardens and horticultural glasshouses, lakes and other natural habitats.
Grove Farm Residential and Commercial Fisheries
Home to our over 18s halls of residence, Grove Farm is also the location of our fishing facilities and a restored fishing lake, adjacent to the residential buildings. The Grove Farm complex opened in 2009 and is operated as a commercial fishery, linked with our fish hatchery and science facilities at the main site. Located just 2.5 miles from the main campus, Grove Farm also provides students with the opportunity to experience practical aquatic management whilst on their course. Grove Farm is looked after by the Fisheries Management Team and a full time bailiff. More information is available here on our HE Accommodation
Animal Management Unit
At our Faulkners Farm site, students have access to our £5 million state of the art Animal Management Unit (AMU) at the main campus, home to our extensive collection of small mammals, exotics, reptiles, aviaries and paddocks housing otters, llamas, goats, pigs and ducks. The centre also contains veterinary nursing examination rooms and a commercially run dog grooming (training) centre. The Animal Management Unit, the largest of its kind in the country, was completed in 2009 and houses over 200 species. It also has extensive teaching spaces and a 120 seat lecture theatre.
Garden Design Complex and Broadview Gardens Commercial Centre
Comprising 10 acres of beautiful individually designed and themed gardens, built by Hadlow staff and students, Broadview Gardens is at the centre of the successful commercial Broadview complex, which includes a garden centre and award winning tea rooms, all open to the public. Adjacent to the gardens, which hold a huge variety of species of fauna and the national hellebore collection, is the bespoke Garden Design Studio, which inspires creativity with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the landscaped gardens. The Studio includes a gallery lecture theatre and exhibition display space for student work.
Learning Resources Centre (LRC)
Newly refurbished and modernised in Summer 2012, the LRC plays a central part in student life, providing students with the resources needed to make the most from their studies at Hadlow College. It contains specialist resources, including a wide range of print and electronic books, along with an on-line catalogue. Within the LRC there is a quiet study room, a coffee lounge and areas for group working. The LRC also has extensive wireless capability together with fixed PCs and laptops and Apple Macs available for student use. Open all year round, with extended evening and Saturday opening during term-time.
Royal Borough of Greenwich Equestrian Centre, London.
Hadlow’s new state-of-the art £5million equine centre has recently opened adjacent to Greenwich Park, in South London, in conjunction with Greenwich Council. In an inspirational location, close to the activities of the 2012 London Olympics, the centre is seen as a key part of the legacy of the Games and is home to 20 horses, with an indoor arena, outdoor manege and other facilities, including an innovative Equine Hydrotherapy Centre; the only one of its kind in the South East. The centre also uses some of the resources from the 2012 Games in its construction. Degree courses in Greenwich will commence in September 2013, the first of their kind in the country.
Hadlow Equestrian Centre, Main Campus
Hadlow’s superb equine centre, at the main site offers stabling for 64 horses, along with two international sized indoor arenas, outdoor arena, paddocks and cross country course. Nationally recognised as a centre with outstanding facilities, the College regularly hosts famous completion riders and trainers to undertake lecture demonstrations and shows, which are open to the public. Monty Roberts, Oliver Townend, Mark Todd, Mary King and Tina Cook have also visited Hadlow College in the past few years, for equine events which are organised by our degree level students, in conjunction with our commercial manager.
Hadlow College is home to three commercial farms which, in addition to producing meat, milk and eggs for our farm shops and other local businesses, support elements of our degree programmes. Faulkners Farm at the south of the campus is home to our lamb flock, with grazing and bespoke lambing shed, housing annually up to 1,000 lambs for our commercial stock. Blackman's Farm in Hadlow is home to our commercial dairy, supporting our award-winning herd of 120 dairy cows, beef cattle and 150 acres of arable crops. Princess Christian's Farm, in nearby Hildenborough, is home to commercial poultry and egg production and a piggery.
Court Lane Commercial Horticulture Production Centre
Students studying horticultural degrees can take advantage of our commercial horticulture unit at Court Lane, located just 0.5 mile from the main campus. Also home to our Business Unit, Court Lane is home to a 1.3 hectare glasshouse complex, fruit production unit, medicinal gardens and field production facilities. The centre has been home to horticultural production trials for a number of household names, including Marks and Spencer, and commercially produces plants and bedding for a number of business contracts, as well as the College's own garden centre.