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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Welcome to the Wild Flower Meadow


Not a part of the estate that plays host to many visitors, our wild flower meadow is an oasis of calm that you can wander though at your leisure. It also offers panoramic views of the surrounding countryside, including Herstmonceux Place. The original house was enlarged in 1777 using bricks from Herstmonceux Castle which was partially dismantled for this purpose. You can find out more on one of our regulars castle tours – see website for dates and times.

Herstmonceux Castle Wild Flower Meadow 2019

It has taken several years to transform the meadow from an almost monoculture of grass to a rich and diverse habitat that includes yellow rattle (rhinanthus minor), common spotted orchid (rhinanthus mino), yarrow (achillea millefolium) and common sorrel (rumex acetosa) together with many other varieties.  Above the daisies, buttercups, and also the wild orchids that have established themselves in certain areas of the meadow, you are likely to find bees and dragonflies whirring around.

Herstmonceux Castle Wild Flower Meadow 2019

A black mulberry tree, planted in the centre of the meadow last year, has really taken to its new home and in time will become an attractive centrepiece. The edible black fruit is richly flavoured and can be used to make pies, tarts, wines, cordials, and herbal teas. It is also a food source for the local wildlife.

Herstmonceux Castle Wild Flower Meadow 2019

You can find the wild flower meadow by following the line of 300 year-old chestnut trees up to the start of the woodland. Look for a stile on your left to gain access to it.

Herstmonceux Castle Wild Flower Meadow 2019

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