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Success for students in Eighth NFU Agricultural Student of the Year competition

The eighth year of the celebrated NFU Agricultural Student of the Year Competition at Kingston Maurward College resulted in a unanimous win for Tom Stinton; with runners up Scott Norton, George Flew and Drew Adams. The Award was initiated in 2011 by the NFU in conjunction C&O Tractors Ltd, who wanted to support a credible accreditation that would aid young farmers in their future careers. The seventeen participating second year Level 3 Extended Diploma in Agriculture students competed against one another in

Making the Grade with RHS Courses

Registered charity the Sheltered Work Opportunities Project (SWOP) delivers Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) accredited training in partnership with Kingston Maurward College and Cherry Tree Nursery - a charity based on horticulture providing meaningful occupation in a supportive environment, aiming to restore wellbeing to people with mental illness. Cherry Tree Nursery is hosting the first intake of students for the RHS Level 1 Award in Practical Horticulture. Since March, six volunteers have been meeting

How to spot a future engineer – a parents’ guide

2018 is the year of engineering. Engineers and technicians are in demand at all levels. By 2024, there will be an expected 2.65 million job openings in UK engineering companies. The Royal Academy of Engineering has identified certain ‘habits of mind’ associated with engineers: asking how things work, dismantling and (generally) re-assembling things, creative problem solving, curiosity, coming up with solutions to problems, collaboration, team work, making adjustments and improvements - all of which are skills and traits used in engineering. If

Horticulture Courses Grow at Kingston Maurward College

A few weeks of high temperatures and sharp showers have brought British gardens to life! Horticulturists at Kingston Maurward College are busy planning next year’s courses for budding gardeners and responding to a demand for high quality training for the home gardener, Kingston Maurward College is delighted to launch a new course: ‘College Certificate in Expert Horticulture Skills for year round Gardening’. Course Tutor Jo Milan said: “We’ve had an increasing number of requests from people wishing to learn about plants in

Press Release – Weed or Medicinal Herb?

Would you know if the uninvited plants in your garden are weeds or medicinal herbs? The earliest training of physicians right up to the 19th century was based on plant knowledge, and the botanical or physic gardens attached to universities and colleges were the main plank of medical education. Many gardens still exist with the same purpose; this year the Royal College of Physicians at Regents Park celebrates its 500th anniversary, and the 400th anniversary of the Pharmacopoea Londinensis, with

Sow Your Seed 2018!

Kingston Maurward College has launched a brand new fundraising initiative to replace its highly successful annual ‘Muckathon’ muckspreading event which raised thousands of pounds for charities for 15 years. The new Sow Your Seed event will see Level 3 Extended Diploma in Agriculture students ploughing, muckspreading, cultivating, drilling and sowing maize seed – hence the new name! This year’s event will raise funds for the Royal Agricultural benevolent Institution (RABI) - a welfare charity which changes lives for the better and offers

Students Stage Stunning Shoot

The Floral Design department at Kingston Maurward College constantly seeks out inspiring ways to engage students in activities which will allow them to demonstrate the creative skills they have learned during their course. With this creativity in mind, Kingston Maurward’s Level 3 Floral Design students styled a stunning wedding photoshoot with a rural twist in the spectacular grounds of the College. Students were tasked to design

Proud Apprentices Pick up Prizes at Presentation Ceremony

This year’s Apprenticeship Awards Evening at Kingston Maurward College was a resounding success with broad range of Apprentices and employers attending the celebration. Guests were treated to a buffet dinner with addresses by Principal Luke Rake and Chair of Dorset Chamber of Commerce, Paul Tansey; followed by a birds of prey talk by Kingston Maurward’s Laura Hewett. Apprentices received awards in a diverse range of subjects including Agriculture, Environmental Conservation, Horticulture, Animal Care, Business and Education. Due to the huge progress achieved during

Ploughing match organisers hand over the reins to Kingston Maurward College

The ever popular annual ploughing match organised by Kingston Maurward Association (KMA) will now be run by Kingston Maurward College, due to the Association’s disbandment. Kingston Maurward College Agricultural teachers Mark Hymas and Dan Sparshott offered to take over the event when they heard KMA’s plans, and are pleased to be able to take the lead. Mark Hymas said: “We’re delighted to be able to take on such a great event; the Kingston Maurward Association has done a fantastic job for the