Information regarding recent developments at Bader College and Herstmonceux Castle. (20/11/2023)

Recently, we have learned about a number of structural issues at the Castle requiring immediate attention, including repairs needed to the south wall of the building. A structural engineer visited the Castle two weeks ago and confirmed that the situation is more serious than previously understood.
As a result, portions of the Castle have closed to ensure the health and safety of students, staff, and faculty, and out of an abundance of caution, all operations at the Castle have been suspended. Academic programming at Bader College has moved online until the end of the fall term, and students will continue their studies in January at the Kingston, Ontario, campus of Queen’s University in Canada. Bader College staff and professionals from Queen’s University are working very hard to ensure a smooth transition for all involved.
Bader College continues to assess the situation and the full extent of the work needed, but it is clear at this point that repairs to the Castle will take at least 12-18 months. Additionally, a complete survey of other areas of the Castle will be undertaken in late January/early February.
We realise this may be distressing news for many within the local community, and those with close ties to Bader College and the Castle. As much as possible, we will keep you informed about ongoing developments at the Castle.

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A day in the life of Tom, our green fingered superhero.


Herstmonceux Castle Gardens and Grounds have been a popular tourist destination for many years. This is largely down to a dedicated team who work hard behind the scenes to create a memorable first impression for our visitors.

Tom gardening at Herstmonceux CastleWe thought you might like to meet some of these people and gain an insight into their daily tasks. This month, as part of an occasional series, we join Thomas, a long term staff member and assistant to our Head Gardener.

Herstmonceux Castle Gardens and Grounds have been a popular tourist destination for many years. This is largely down to a dedicated team who work hard behind the scenes to create a memorable first impression for our visitors.  We thought you might like to meet some of these people and gain an insight into their daily tasks. This month, as part of an occasional series, we join Thomas, a long term staff member and assistant to our Head Gardener.

On warm spring days, the young plants in the poly tunnels that are destined for the gardens are checked and a few growing tips pinched out. Others are made ready for sale to our visitors.

Tom gardening at Herstmonceux CastleTom then heads off to do some grass cutting in the Rose Garden, a seemingly endless job around the estate at this time of year.

Herstmonceux Castle Gardens and Grounds have been a popular tourist destination for many years. This is largely down to a dedicated team who work hard behind the scenes to create a memorable first impression for our visitors.  We thought you might like to meet some of these people and gain an insight into their daily tasks. This month, as part of an occasional series, we join Thomas, a long term staff member and assistant to our Head Gardener.

He uses a grass trimmer for that final touch around the lawn edges.

Herstmonceux Castle Gardens and Grounds have been a popular tourist destination for many years. This is largely down to a dedicated team who work hard behind the scenes to create a memorable first impression for our visitors.  We thought you might like to meet some of these people and gain an insight into their daily tasks. This month, as part of an occasional series, we join Thomas, a long term staff member and assistant to our Head Gardener.

Following a well-earned lunch break, the plant database is updated with details of the new arrivals.

Herstmonceux Castle Gardens and Grounds have been a popular tourist destination for many years. This is largely down to a dedicated team who work hard behind the scenes to create a memorable first impression for our visitors.  We thought you might like to meet some of these people and gain an insight into their daily tasks. This month, as part of an occasional series, we join Thomas, a long term staff member and assistant to our Head Gardener.

Then it’s time for weeding in the herbaceous borders, not particularly glamorous but important work none the less.

Herstmonceux Castle Gardens and Grounds have been a popular tourist destination for many years. This is largely down to a dedicated team who work hard behind the scenes to create a memorable first impression for our visitors.  We thought you might like to meet some of these people and gain an insight into their daily tasks. This month, as part of an occasional series, we join Thomas, a long term staff member and assistant to our Head Gardener.Finally, Tom returns to the poly tunnels to water the summer bedding plants and pack everything away ready for the next day.Herstmonceux Castle Gardens and Grounds have been a popular tourist destination for many years. This is largely down to a dedicated team who work hard behind the scenes to create a memorable first impression for our visitors.  We thought you might like to meet some of these people and gain an insight into their daily tasks. This month, as part of an occasional series, we join Thomas, a long term staff member and assistant to our Head Gardener.Our team is smaller than many people imagine but thanks to people like Tom, working hard throughout the year in all kinds of weather, the gardens are kept tidy and consistently interesting.Tom gardening at Herstmonceux CastleWe hope you have enjoyed reading about Tom’s day and if there are other areas of our work that you would like to learn more about, please let us know.

We look forward to welcoming you here soon.

The team at Herstmonceux Castle.

 

 

 

 

 

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