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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Long Border

Being over 80 metres in length, it is understandable this border is called the Long Border.

The border is dominated by three Indian bean trees (Catalpa bignonioides), with large, oval leaves and panicles of large white flowers in the summer followed by long slender bean pods. The middle Indian bean tree is the golden variety (Catalpa bignonioides “Aurea”).

Other trees and shrubs found along the Border include a variegated leafed Norwegian maple (Acer platanoides “Drummondi”), winter stem coloured Dogwoods (Cornus alba “Siberica” and C. alba “Flaviramea”), spring flowering Star magnolias (Magnolia stellata) with Deutzias (Deutzia gracilis) and Mock oranges (Philadelpus “Virginal”) which provide delicate white blooms and scent in the summer. The large sprawling shrub Juniper at the entrance to the Elizabethan Garden is believed to be a Juniperus x pfitzeriana “Wilhem Pfitzer”.

Although not as impressive in size, the small Maidenhair tree (Gingko biloba), growing by the entrance to the Rose and Sundial Border, is one of the world’s most unusual tree species which has been in existence for since the Jurassic period, about 200million years.

Herbaceous planting, including Hellebores (Helleborus orientalis and H. x hybridus), Siberian bugloss (Brunnera macrophylla) and Coral bells (Heuchera “Strawberries and Cream”), can also be found whilst taking a wander along the Long Border.

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