Photo: Hadlow College

Hadlow College welcomed more than 10,000 people at the weekend as it marked the arrival of Spring with the annual ‘Lambing Weekend’.

The two-day event has become a staple in the calendar for many in the South-East and this year’s edition didn’t disappoint. Kent’s only rural and land-based college was a thriving hub of activity across both days (20 and 21 April), with the crowds taking the opportunity to visit the lambing sheds to see a newborn enter the world and watch the new arrivals gambolling around the College’s beautiful fields.

There was also the chance to see the many other animals the College looks after, which range from pygmy goats to meerkats and pay a visit to the National Centre for Reptile Welfare, which provides refuge and care for over 1,000 unwanted and vulnerable reptiles and amphibians.

Plenty more was on offer including tractor trailer rides, a birds of prey display, archery, fun fair rides and stalls, arts and crafts events and plenty of food drink stalls.

Chris Lydon, Vice-Principal of Hadlow College, said:

“This was a fantastic weekend, and we are so privileged to be able to bring the community into our College to get an idea of what we offer and to see our first-class facilities. We provide a huge range of courses across many land-based sectors, and this weekend demonstrated the calibre of students we produce. We look forward to welcoming everyone back next year.”

Hadlow College is Kent’s only rural and land-based college. It is set in the beautiful surroundings of a large managed estate that includes over 265 acres of prime arable land, woodland, sports facilities, natural river, three commercial farms, established show gardens and horticultural glasshouses, lakes and other natural habitats.

It offers courses covering Agricultural Engineering, Agriculture, Animal Management, Equine, Fisheries, Floristry and Horticulture.

If you are interested in finding out more visit the subject list page of the College website or register for the Hadlow College Open Evening on 5 June.

By Ed

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