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


Summer Fun at Kingston Maurward Open Day and Food Fair 2018

Kingston Maurward’s Summer Open Day and Food Fair on Sunday 24th June is set to be the biggest and best yet with fun for the whole family! Last year’s fun-filled event attracted over 10,000 people and centres around the stunning 18th Century Mansion House and its 750 acre estate, terrace, lake and gardens.  This year will celebrate 100 years of the formal


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


Dorchester Men’s Shed renovate Kingston Maurward’s Edwardian desk to former glory

An original Edwardian writing desk found at Kingston Maurward has been restored to its beautiful former glory, by the Dorchester branch of community group Men’s Shed. Members of Dorchester Men’s Shed, which is now based at Kingston Maurward’s Stinsford Farm, were shown the 19th century piece by Estates Manager, Matt Horton, who discovered the badly damaged desk in the caretakers’ office, and asked the group if they would be interested in trying to rescue it; Men’s Shed immediately rose to the


Wedding & Events Floral Design at Kingston Maurward

Planning a wedding is one of the most exciting and special times during a couple’s partnership, and ensuring the day runs to plan and caring about every detail is just part of the role of professional florists. Kingston Maurward Floral Design students have been creating exquisite floral arrangements for weddings for several years under the watchful eye of in-house wedding and event florist, Linda Carlile. When wedding couples book with Linda, they will be invited to a consultation to discuss ideas and


Kingston Maurward student wins Dee Butterfield Scholarship

The Mackrell Charity is delighted to announce that Joseph Cade, aged 18 and from Sturminster Marshall, has won the 2017 Dee Butterfield Scholarship for Young People.  Roger Holehouse OBE kindly presented a cheque for £250 to Joseph following the Butterfield Lecture he gave on TE Lawrence last month. Joseph, who is the fourth generation of this family to live in Sturminster Marshall, is in his final year at Kingston Maurward College studying agriculture.  “I am delighted to win this award,” explains


Continued Ofsted Success for Kingston Maurward College

Kingston Maurward College were celebrating this week following a recent Ofsted inspection that confirmed them to be a ‘good’ College. Principal, Luke Rake, commented: “We are extremely pleased with the outcome for the College, which recognises the successes of our community and the fact that virtually every student progresses from here at the end of their course into employment or further study. As the only remaining independent land-based college in the south west peninsula, it is really important to me