The North East farming industry employs over 10,000 people. Our Kirkley Hall Campus is ideally situated to support employers from agriculture, horticulture and vets, to floristry and equine.
Northumberland College boasts extensive industry standard facilities including two working farms, an equine centre of excellence, an animal management centre, a teaching zoo as well as skilled teaching staff to support this diverse sector.
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Our impressive Zoological Gardens contain over 200 species of animals including exotics, reptiles and birds. We are one of only a few colleges in the UK to gain full membership of the BIAZA (British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums).
Our impressive land-based facilities including two working farms. One is on-site at Kirkley Hall and the other is located at Carlcroft in the Cheviot Hills, which provides upland experience. We also have tractor and arboriculture machinery workshops with a range of farm machinery and equipment.
Our bespoke equine centre, which is currently under construction, will be a centre of excellence for equine education. It will include a large indoor arena with viewing gallery and a new education hub to support the delivery of equine management skills such as farriery, dentistry and physiotherapy.
Our commercial dog parlour includes a grooming salon with a designated washing area, non-slip floors and extensive floor space. We also have safe and secure kennels for our four-legged friends.
Our animal management facilities include teaching spaces and animal enclosures. Two new learning spaces will be created, the zoo’s collection of animals will be expanded and a state-of-the-art zoo kitchen will be developed to support in delivering core competencies in animal husbandry.
The beautiful grounds of Kirkley Hall has a stunning 9-acre garden with terraces and a Victorian walled garden. The garden includes an extensive collection of unusual trees, shrubs, herbaceous and ornamental borders.
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