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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Shady Garden

A place of spring colour and cool refuge on a hot day

The elegant spring colour and fragrance of the shrubs give way to the dappled shade of the trees in summer in this secluded garden.

The collection of azaleas, rhododendrons and camellias found here in the Shady Garden afford it with elegant spring colour and fragrance. The vibrancy of this spring colour gives way to the dappled shade of the trees during the summer, giving this garden its name.

The large False acacia tree (Robinia pseudoacaccia) provides most of the shade in the garden, ensuring it is cool refuge on a hot day. Positioned to the right of the False acacia tree can be found a weeping Copper beech tree, believed to be Fagus sylvatica “Purple Fountain”. The leaves on its pendulous branches emerge purplish red in the spring turning a tinge of green then a golden bronze in the autumn.

Recent re-development in the garden has allowed replanting of the border opposite the False acacia tree. New planting of paniculate and oak-leaved Hydrangeas (Hydrangea paniculata and H.quercifolia), together with Mock oranges (Philadelpus “Snowbelle”) and a Smoke bush (Cotinus coggygria “Royal Purple”) will provide interest through the summer and autumn. This combined with the evergreen planting and secluded position of this garden ensures a place of interest and calm throughout the year.

  • Not accessible via wheelchair
  • Dogs welcome on leads
  • Azaleas, rhododendrons and camellias

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