Capel Manor College is a specialist college in land-based studies, with extensive experience of delivering courses in arboriculture, forestry and countryside studies; horticulture, landscaping and garden design; animal care; floristry and saddlery. The college is home to the National Gardening Centre, the Institute of Horticulture and Gardening Which? Magazine and offers first rate training sites including our own gardens, woodland and farm at Enfield, Horsenden Farm in West London, and practical facilities in Crystal Palace Park. Capel Manor is also equipped with wide-ranging plant collections, specialist laboratories, design studios, and facilities for teaching practical skills.
Our full-time, part-time day and evening, courses, professional short courses, and Apprenticeships lead to nationally-recognised qualifications which lead in turn to employment or further study. Our students have gained work at Kew Gardens, Cambridge University Botanic Gardens, and the Royal Parks, while several have returned to work for us as lecturers. A large number go on to set up their own businesses or to work as tree surgeons for large and small established employers and contractors. Our garden design students and staff have won prizes at Hampton Court and Chelsea Flower Shows on an almost annual basis for the past 17 years.
We have five centres across London, which include our 13th-century manor house and 30-acre country estate in Enfield, and grounds and farmland in parks across London including Gunnersbury Park, Regent’s Park and Crystal Palace. We also have a centre within Newham College.
Capel Manor’s show gardens in Enfield are also open to the public. We put on a full calendar of shows and family activities each year, including outdoor theatre, and festivals. We launched a social enterprise project, creating a new 15-acre community market garden, vineyard and orchard at Forty Hall Farm nearby.