Our equine courses take full advantage of the facilities we have. At our main site in Hadlow, practical resources include over sixty horses consisting of: young stock, a stallion, broodmares, schoolmasters and competition horses. A £250,000 high speed equine treadmill is being installed for September 2018, to enable horses to be exercised in their full range of gaits. This will be supported by new exercise analysis equipment, including a range of advanced heart rate monitors and a spirometer.
At our Royal Borough of Greenwich Equestrian Centre there are up-to twenty horses, with modern well-equipped teaching areas and a state-of-the-art therapy centre. This therapy centre includes an equine spa, water treadmill, hydrotherapy pool and indoor arena using the surfaces from the London 2012 Olympics.
Within our purpose built animal management unit, you will be involved in the care of over 500 different animals across 125 different species, gaining highly practical training whilst learning about animal biology, conservation and behaviour. With state-of-the-art aquatics, herpetology and nocturnal sections, students have the opportunity to experience a diverse range of working environments. Many of the species we house are endangered and are part of national and international collaborative programmes with other UK zoos.
Our brand-new National Centre for Reptile Welfare, run in collaboration with the Pet Charity, will provide a refuge for unwanted and vulnerable reptiles and amphibians whilst also providing our degree-level students with practical husbandry, care and non-invasive research opportunities.
Looking out over Broadview Gardens, which comprises ten acres of landscaped gardens including medal-winning gardens from RHS Hampton Court, the Garden Design Studio inspires creativity. The studio includes a gallery, lecture theatre and exhibition display space for student work.
The commercial horticulture unit at our Court Lane site comprises a 1.3 hectare glasshouse complex, fruit production unit and container production facilities. At present, the College is investing £1.5m in a brand-new state-of-the-art glasshouse, which will be split into several compartments: a tomato centre, a pepper centre and research blocks used for dissertations and projects such as light trials and propagation.
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.
As well as a three hectare fishing lake, Grove Farm contains fish farming facilities to provide students with practical fisheries management experience and aquaculture skills.
Hadlow College is home to three commercial farms covering a total of 200 hectares and including an award-winning 140 cow dairy herd, a commercial sheep flock, access to 1,000 acres for arable crops and two farm shops.