Over £9 million is set to be invested in a new agricultural education unit and farm facilities at Wiltshire College. The work at the college’s Lackham Campus will see a new Agricultural Technology centre built, the installation of its world-class milking parlour and the development of a higher education centre.
The work will be completed by 2020.
The new campus specialises in land-based courses such as Farm Mechanisation, Agriculture, Land-Based Engineering and Horticulture.
The college campus spans over 1,700ac of Wiltshire countryside and is home to three commercial farms. One of the college’s farms, Home Farm, runs a 140-cow dairy unit which produces milk for Cadbury. Home Farm is home to a pig unit, beef cattle and a small poultry unit.
The college’s other farm, Notton Farm, is home to its deer park and sheep unit. It also hosts Lackham’s annual lambing weekends every spring.
The campus boasts some of the industry’s newest technology including driverless tractors.
Apart from the news of investment in its agricultural campus, Wiltshire College and University Centre’s Salisbury Campus have benefited from another £14 million in investment for a new building and refurbishment to transform the Salisbury Campus. The first set of activities will include work on recladding exterior walls along with internal conversion work.
In June 2019, a new building will be developed at the centre of the college toreplace some of the existing buildings.
According to the Chairman of the Swindon & Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership, John Mortimer, the new project will provide better Further and Higher Education by 2021.