Fruit and Vegetable Production
The college orchard consists of 4ha of dessert, culinary and cider apples some of which are new varieties on trial. We also have other top fruit including pears, plums, damsons and cherries. Soft fruit produced in Kildalton include strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, red & black currants, gooseberries and rhubarb. Students also receive experience of vegetable field production including: potatoes, cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprouts, onions, leaks, carrots and asparagus. Students are involved in the sowing, planting and harvesting of these crops.
Kildalton College is situated on 16 hectares of established gardens and woodlands. The grounds provide horticultural students with a perfect backdrop to develop their plant knowledge and practical skills for a career in the industry. These skills include plant identification, plant ombinations and maintenance techniques such as planting and pruning.
The college's commercial nursery produces in excess of 25,000 plants per year. There is a wide range of stock produced ranging from herbaceous plants and alpines to trees and shrubs. The facilities include polytunnels, 2,200m2 glasshouse and outdoor growing areas. Students will see and gain practical experience of plants being produced from start to finish.
Kildalton has a glasshouse and polythene tunnels dedicated to the production of high value protected crops. These include cut flowers and foliage, strawberries, food crops (lettuce, celery, early potatoes) and a range of bedding plants. Students are involved in the production of all of these crops from sowing to harvest. The glasshouse is also used by students to conduct research projects as part of the third year project in the Bachelor of Science in Horticulture
Kildalton has a golf facility that contains three par 3 greens as well as a sports pitch. Students are allowed to use these facilities in their down time. The turfgrass facility allows students to gain hands on practical knowledge and experience of maintaining greens, fairways, bunkers and sports fields to an ideal standard. Students have the opportunity to use machinery like specialised mowers, line marking equipment, aerators and fertiliser spreaders.
Cut Foliage Unit
Kildalton has a 1 hectare trial site with over 100 different genus of cut foliage shrubs. This plantation provides a valuable learning opportunity for horticulture students as these shrubs are used for plant identification and pest and disease identification. Agronomy practices such as plant density and optimum pruning regimes are also carried out.
Information on horticulture courses at Kildalton College are available in this booklet