Our Holme Lacy Campus offers an outstanding learning environment, designed to give our students the practical skills, knowledge and experience for successful progression to their chosen career or university.
Set above the beautiful River Wye, the Campus boasts a 257 hectare mixed organic farm, that includes ancient and commercial woodlands, and traditional parkland with ponds and streams.
Reception can be found within Bower House, a Grade 2 listed Georgian building and former farm house at the centre of the site, which is now used as the administrative centre for the campus.
The site has its own fully equipped Learning Resource Centre which combines traditional library services, teaching space and IT facilities. This is currently undergoing a £500,000 face-lift to completely transform the building into a modern and dynamic centre for students to enjoy.
Hot and cold refreshments are available from The Straw Bale Cafe, which forms a central hub for students, offering an airy contemporary social space with both inside and outside seating areas. The cafe (opened in 2010) has received a huge amount of press coverage, winning many awards and prizes for its green credentials.
The campus is spacious yet friendly with well-spread workshops and classrooms.
The Holme Lacy Estate
Agricultural students benefit from extensive use of a well equipped commercially run College farm gaining livestock experience with the College's pedigree herd of Hereford cattle, and flock of Llewyn ewes and Suffolk and Charollais rams. A heavy emphasis is placed on crop and livestock husbandry, soil care and biodiversity. Crops include potatoes, wheat, oats, pea/barley mix, beans and cider apples. Forestry student’s benefit from using a notable variety of woodland and forest environments that provides habitats for a diverse range of native species of both flora and fauna. The College’s grade 2 listed parkland is currently undergoing renovation under a Higher Level Stewardship.
Our specialist Animal Care Unit, used as a practical teaching facility, is home to a wide range of small mammals, invertebrates, insects, reptiles, amphibians, fish and birds. It includes a fully equipped grooming facility as well as outside areas and kennels.
Rural Craft Centre
The renowned Rural Craft Centre provides first-class facilities for blacksmithing, farriery and welding. The 1900 square metre centre has a teaching block with classrooms, display and conference areas as well as an IT centre. It also has numerous forges for both farriery and blacksmithing including a demo forge. The fabrication and welding workshop is well-equipped for MIG, TIG, GAS and MMA welding.
Our Equestrian Centre is a professional yard run by highly qualified staff that specialise in delivering equine courses in a friendly environment. The facilities include a 30m x 50m floodlit all-weather arena, a 17m x 36m indoor school with viewing gallery, an impressive cross-country course, extensive off-road hacking, a horse solarium, a range of plastic and wooden show jumps, well equipped laboratories, as well as a good variety of safe, well schooled schoolmasters and competition horses. The Equestrian Centre is also a BHS Approved Riding School offering a wide selection of classes for all abilities.
We welcome enquiries from school parties who wish to use these superb facilities, very much encouraging young people to explore the 'outdoor classroom'. If you would like further information, please contact Holme Lacy Reception on 01432 870316.