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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Spring Cleaning at Herstmonceux Castle

With the winter months behind us, spring is now bringing new life and colour to the gardens and grounds.

A long term project is just coming to fruition. Months of clearing the rhododendrons from alongside the moat will offer more views of the castle from this side. It also means that emerging bluebells can now take centre stage.. 

Today Adam and Carl have been cutting and removing a storm damaged tree.

The emerging bluebells should be in full bloom by the end of the month and our tulips are in their early stages. Until they are ready, we still have the last of the daffodils and magnolias to admire.

Fiona, George and Jamie have been tidying the azalea garden ready for early May when we expect it to really come into its own.

Spring is a fantastic time to visit our themed gardens and managed woodland. We would love to see photos of you and your family enjoying your day, so please tag us on Facebook, Instagram or twitter.

We hope you have enjoyed this ‘behind the scenes’ look at our work and we look forward to introducing you to more friendly faces and further projects over the coming months.

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