Wiltshire College & University Centre has secured more than £20 million funding to develop its Salisbury and Lackham campuses. The Lackham campus has a diverse and interesting history, with much of it documented thanks to the hard work of Lackham’s gardener, Tony Pratt, over many years. You can find out more about the history of Lackham House and the Lackham estate.
Animal Resource Centre
The Animal Resource Centre at Lackham is a truly fantastic environment to learn in. The centre is the main learning resource for all animal care students, and houses an extensive range of domestic and exotic animals ranging from meerkats, marmosets, snakes and spiders, to guinea pigs, chinchillas, rabbits and fish. You will also find an array of animals living outdoors around the centre, including several species of birds, ferrets, chickens, lemurs and a coati. As part of your course, you will combine academic study with practical duties in the animal centre, which provides valuable experience when it comes to seeking employment.
Located near the Animal Resource Centre is the Blue Cross Cat Rehoming facility, with accommodation for a number of furry friends seeking new forever homes. Also found on the campus is the student run dog grooming parlour, a facility which gives students the opportunity to learn key skills in animal grooming as part of their course.
The Lackham campus spans over 1700 acres of Wiltshire countryside, and is home to three working, commercial farms. Home Farm is where you will fine our 140 cow dairy unit and milking parlour, with milk sold to Cadbury! Also at Home Farm are a small poutly unit, a number of beef cattle and a pig unit. The remainder of the beef cattle, mainly Limousin and Hereford breeds, are found at the Great Lodge Farm nearby. Notton Farm, located behind Home Farm is home to the college’s sheep unit and deer park, and is where Lackham’s famous annual Lambing weekends take place each spring. As well as pastoral industries, students at Lackham are also involved in a range of arable cropping programmes, including wheat, oilseed rape, maize, barley and grass for silage.
No working farms would be complete without a range of modern machinery and tractors to complement their farming practises, used and maintained by the students themselves. Machinery at Lackham includes tractors and trailers, harvesters, foragers, cultivators, spreaders, telehandlers and much more! The Lackham campus sits within the heart of rural Wiltshire, and is fortunate to be home to a range of habitats and landscape features which benefit wildlife conservation. The Avon river forms a natural boundary to the estate, and the river along with a number of ponds and streams are home to a brown trout recovery project and a carp ark site — dedicated to restocking the endangered species of crucian carp.
Woodland on the estate extends to roughly 15 hectares and is multifunctional. The woodlands are managed to demonstrate timber production, recreation, education and wildlife conservation. Hedgerows and new plantings are managed to link existing habitat features, create wildlife corridors and provide natural features within the rural landscape which is further strengthened by its fine, mature, specimen and veteran trees. Lackham has excellent links with the major woodland bodies and local woodland enterprises. This allows students to be involved in large-scale woodland and forestry operations and management.
Game and wildlife resources are typical of a lowland estate. The College runs a small shoot on the estate and has links with a number of sporting estates in Wiltshire. The College is a member of the BASC, Game Conservancy Trust and the CLA. Sound methods are used to promote and protect the estate’s game and wildlife resources. Habitat improvement and management strategies do much to conserve the rich flora and fauna of the estate.
Walled Gardens and Horticulture facilities
You only have to visit Lackham campus once to get a feel for the scale of the estate, and the opportunities for horticulture students to learn their craft in a setting that is not only beautiful but large, diverse, and historic. Facilities on the campus include large indoor workshops for classes that need a little bit of cover from the weather, to vast greenhouses and a dedicated tropical glasshouse, which is home to our world record producing Citrus Medica tree. Students also have access to a specially created zoological garden and an extensive, Victorian walled garden, home to student managed plots, a beautiful rose garden, orchard and vegetable beds.
Not forgetting the 1700 acres of estate, which includes woodlands, formal gardens behind the historic Lackham house, sports pitches and landscaped public areas, students here really do have a head start developing all the skills needed to succeed in a career in Horticulture. Students undertaking a horticulture course at Lackham will also have the opportunity to take part in educational visits, such as to Kew Gardens, RHS Wisley, Stourhead Gardens and a study tour to Holland.
Lackham campus offers a range of forestry and arboriculture based courses for individuals as well as working professionals, which include chainsaw maintenance and cross cutting and felling and processing trees. So if you are new to the business and looking for experience or simply want to learn more to get that project started in the back garden, we have a course for you.
Agricultural Engineering Workshops
The Lackhams campus industry standard workshops and three working farms will provide you with practical experience with a huge range of agricultural machinery — perfect for anybody wanting to develop their career in this fast paced industry. Home to landbased machinery large and small, our engineering workshops are where students learn how to build, maintain, fix and use all the equipment they need. Students also spend time learning how to weld in our on-site welding workshops, as well as maintaining machinery out in the field when problems arise — just like in the real world.
Working closely with local and national machinery dealers and manufacturers, our engineering workshops are home to a diverse range of tractors, harvesters, foragers, telehandlers, front loaders, excavators, balers, cultivators and much more! Students also work each year on building and maintaining trailers, which are used to transport students around the campus as well as members of the public around the farms on our popular lambing weekends in the spring.
Learning Resource Centre
The welcoming Learning Resource Centre is located on the 2nd floor of the Scott Baker Building above reception. It is a home to a wealth of learning resources including books, magazines, and a wide range of e‑learning resources such as e‑books and e‑journals. You will also find numerous computer workstations to use whilst you are at college. Students can also access our surface tablets and Wi-Fi is available if you chose to bring your own devices.
Sport and Public Services facilities
Lackham campus is home to Sport, Public Services and Military Preparation programmes for learners at various levels of study. The large, open campus is perfect for outdoor learning, enabling students to develop their skills ready for their future career. Sport students benefit from a large indoor sports hall and newly refurbished gym, full of training equipment, as well as acres of outdoor pitches and fields for team sports such as rugby, football and hockey. Recently renovated tennis courts are located in the centre of campus, along with a Run England certified 5km running trail around the campus.
Public Services and Military Preparation students have access to a wide range of facilities, including all of the sports provision detailed above. Students also spend time in our woodland areas undertaking training including drill, adventurous teamwork activities, map reading and navigation and fieldcraft.
Lackham campus has a long history of equine provision, and continues to deliver high quality programmes in partnership with local equine facilities and organisations. Students at Wiltshire College benefit from theory sessions on campus with highly experienced and qualified tutors, alongside practical training and experience in some of Wiltshires best equine facilities. Students have the opportunity to attend and take part in various events throughout the year, including Olympia Horse Trials, Horse of the Year Show and being part of the set up team at Badminton Horse Trials.
Conferencing and Events
Find out more about conferencing and room hire facilities at Lackham House check out the Room Hire page under Employers on the menu.
Memberships and Accreditations
Landbased Technician Accreditation schemes (LTA)
The College works with the LTA with the objectives of providing a nationwide means of benchmarking, monitoring and assessing the competence of technicians employed within the sector.
Landex is a membership organisation which links land based colleges together. Wiltshire College and University Centres’ Principal is the vice-chair of the Landex Board. The aims of Landex are to communicate best practice between colleges and to assist with ensuring that students get the best possible learning experience.
National Land Based College (NLBC)
Wiltshire College& Iniversity Centre is a member of the NLBC and the Principal is a board member. NLBC is an employer focussed organisation, and was established to promote knowledge and skills as the focus for increasing the productivity of land based businesses. In partnership with City and Guilds, NLBC seeks to ensure that land based qualifications and courses are designed to meet the needs of both students and employers.
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