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 collection of herbs for medicinal and culinary use

The term “apothecary”, derived from the Latin word apotheca, means “storehouse”. Apothecaries were originally grocers selling herbs, spices and wine as well as preparing and selling medicines to both doctors and patients.

All the plants found in this garden are either of medicinal or culinary use. The diversity of the herbs planted in the Apothecary Garden provides both a variety of colour and foliage, with the use of raised beds allowing the plants’ scent to be more easily appreciated.

A stroll down the central Bay tree lined path and amongst the bordering planters could be enlightening. How did Indian tiger grass get its name and what is it used for? How is the fragrant lemon verbena plant used in cooking? The answers to these questions, along with other herbal remedies, can be discovered on the plant labels whilst wandering through the garden.

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