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Both Institutes boasted a long and successful tradition of training outstanding practitioners in the land-based sector, with the former being an important training centre during the Second World War and the latter boasting some notable alumni - renowned landscape architects and garden deers such as Dame Sylvia Crowe, Frances Perry and Brenda Colvin.

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Ina scheme of Agricultural Education for the County, which included the provision of a Farm Institute, was approved at a meeting of the Kent Education Committee. The grounds and Victorian buildings of Borden Grammar School were for sale and were earmarked as the perfect site for this new venture. However, it was a condition of the sale that the school be relocated into new buildings on an alternative site before the Farm Institute could be established.

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The farm institute would be run from there until the new school buildings were constructed. It was not foreseen that this would take 10 years! It began providing practical instruction for a variety of agricultural workers, including farmers, bailiffs and fruit growers, under the guidance of Honorary Head, Mr. The official opening, attended by some guests, including civic dignitaries and Parliamentarians, took place on the 5th May, In order to replace young farm workers drafted for the Second World War, the Kent Education Committee and the War Agricultural Committee drew up an agricultural course for young men and boys leaving school.

This constituted eight intensive weeks on the farm learning basic farm husbandry and duties, enabling them to take the place of those drafted into the services. When Bond began to experience financial difficulties, he approached the Agricultural Department of the Privy Council and Kent County Council seeking assistance. Inthe founding Company was wound up and a new Swanley Horticultural College, a non-profit making organisation, was formed and d by the Board of Trade. As two notable women, Miss Emma Cons founder of the Old Vic theatre in London and Miss Everest had been appointed to the Board of Governors infive women students were admitted in and, bywomen outed the men by 35 to Inwhen there were 85 students in residence, it was decided that the college should be exclusively for women, the first in the country.

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Between andwomen were trained with this purpose in mind, with a large trained at Swanley to work on the land during the First World War. Inthe college principal was Miss Georgina Sanders, who had come from a school of landscape de in the United States. A new course in landscape gardening was introduced and taught by the landscape architect Madeline Agar, herself an ex-Swanley student. Madeline Agar is perhaps best known as the landscape deer for the Metropolitan Public Gardens Association.

It was also in that Brenda Colvin, an influential figure in 20th century landscape de, enrolled on the new course at Swanley.

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She was to be the first female president of the Institute of Landscape Architects in InSylvia Crowe, who was the second outstanding female landscape architect of the s, also began at Swanley and in she too became president of the same institute. In JulyW. Shewell-Cooper ed the staff of the college as Horticultural Superintendent and was placed in charge of the gardens, market garden, 10 acres orchards 20 acres and glasshouses, but later relinquished this work to devote himself to lecturing and literary work.

The outbreak of the Second World War in coincided with the Golden Jubilee of the college, but there was a short break in activities at Swanley when, instaff and students were transferred to the Midlands Agricultural College at Sutton Bonington. The evacuees returned in September After the Second World War, 60 acres in Hextable were purchased by the Kent Education Committee to form the basis of the Kent Horticultural Institute, though until it was used as a training centre for ex-service personnel under the control of the Ministry of Agriculture.

By the s, the Kent Horticultural Institute boasted unrivalled facilities for the training of young people in the craft and science of horticulture. Inthe two Institutes were combined and the search began for a site which was suitable to bring the two colleges under one roof. We certainly would not want to change, unless it were a change to something still better.

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Ina acre site was purchased from Bourne Grange Estate, Hadlow, selected for its ability to grow the diverse range of crops needed to service both the agricultural and horticultural departments. Work quickly began on developing the buildings and amalgamating the equipment, machinery, livestock and supplies from the two colleges into the new base. Both colleges moved from Borden and Hextable in and respectively to Hadlow. The inaugural continental study tour departed from Hadlow on the 17th May with 13 students and two lecturers, Joe Lister and James Edwards.

The tours saw groups visiting France, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands to view mixed farms, dairy farms, experimental farms, livestock markets, hop farms, slaughterhouses and institutes of agricultural engineering, animal husbandry and plant breeding. Students were tasked with finding out the costs of things such as milk, animal feed and diesel compared to the UK, which was timely, since, at this point, the government was thinking about ing Europe.

The tours evolved over the years to incorporate an annual trip to the Paris International Agricultural Show and encompass other areas such as vineyard tours, wine tastings and flower markets. Today, Hadlow prides itself on 50 years of educational excellence. An article in the Kent and Sussex Courier dated 27th Julyrecords the student population at Hadlow in the early years at around students.

Today, Hadlow has just over 1, full time students studying up to Level 3 Extended Diploma and over Higher Education Students studying up to Level 6 with focused research engagement. In addition, part time students enrol every year across all campuses, on a range of part time options, from apprenticeships, to Saturday workshops. Hadlow College has travelled a memorable road since its creation inand it continues to be a forward-thinking, innovative organisation that is driving change in the rural sector.

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This union marks an exciting new chapter which has the potential to enhance and develop our wider student experience. We look forward to a great future working collaboratively with both West Kent College and North Kent College, to give our students the skills and knowledge they need to succeed.

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