The Hadlow Group has a wonderful portfolio of courses and studies for full and part-time students and offer valuable apprenticeship programmes.  The colleges; West Kent, Ashford and Hadlow are passionate about the learning and work hard to give students’ careers the best possible start. They focus on providing skills, experience and knowledge to the very highest level with top notch facilities and fantastic lecturers.

Hadlow Group will have two marquees at the Kent County Show, their West Kent and Ashford College students will be putting on a Race Car display to highlight the Motor Vehicle courses available.  They will also have fantastic displays to showcase the courses offered in engineering, health and social care and forensic science.  The View Restaurant at West Kent College is a wonderful, modern dining area with state-of-the-art facilities, students are able to put a number of different skills in to practise.  ‘The View’ is open to the public and mouth-watering dishes are created and served by the students.  The team will be bringing and preparing a number of dishes to highlight the skills they achieve at the college.

On Saturday the performing arts students will be taking part in pop-up dances across the Showground.

Hadlow College is their land-based facility and offers a wide range of courses in the rural sector. The Horticultural Department are going to build a commercial hydroponics glasshouse and will be growing vegetables in oversized containers, peas will be in a large can, apples will be an apple crate and carrots in a tin of carrots.  This fun look at horticulture will be very visual and a great way to talk to people about the journey our food takes from field to fork.  The Floristry section will be re-creating their amazing, Gold medal winning RHS Chelsea Flower Show exhibit, and will be doing flower arranging demonstrations throughout the three days.

The Forestry and Arboriculture team will be assisting the Husqvarna Pole Climbing team in the Countryside area and the Fisheries students will be displaying a large range of equipment as well as screens showing the work they do in college. The college will also have sheep shearing and dog grooming demonstrations.  Visitors will be able to meet “Dave’ the college’s replica horse and learn how to bandage his leg and look after him.

Land-based technology (agricultural engineering) have a stand with vintage tractors that they have restored as part of projects during the past year at college, within the Heritage section of the Show.  The Kent County Agricultural Society are very grateful that Hadlow are able to put on such a wonderful display and to also be a sponsor for the Show and to enter Livestock and Horticultural competitions.  The high standard of their marquees, displays and activities are very popular with visitors who are able to pop in and learn a great deal about our beautiful countryside.