Capel Manor College
Capel Manor College is a horticultural further education college based in Bulls Cross, Enfield, London, United Kingdom. The college grounds double as a garden open to the public for most of the year, with a variety of events occurring, including bushcraft, lambing weekends, heavy horse shows, leatherwork and garden festivals. The grounds cover over 30 hectares (74 acres). The students at the college tend the gardens as part of their programme of study.
The manor and grounds
Capel Manor house is marked on Grenewood's map of 1819 as Capel House, and on the Ordnance Survey map of 1887, earlier Capels c.1615, a manorial name "estate of the family called Capel", from Sir George Capel 1547.(p40)
The grounds are noted horticulturally and the 30 acres (12 ha) of gardens include a walled garden, with masses of pyracantha covering the library wall, the rock garden, the winter garden, the woodland walk with its ilex collection, and the lake garden. A comparatively recent addition, the sensory garden is stocked with Mahonia japonica and Garrya elliptica among others.
A specimen copper beech, which was over three hundred years old, was destroyed in the Great Storm of October 1987. The tree originated from the Black Forest in Germany, and was one of the earliest exemplars of its type in England. The upper branches were bound with Victorian tree bracing, a method of branch support and protection in use in the nineteenth century. Today, the site is occupied by the Italianate maze.
While the main campus is in Enfield, there are other campuses across London, in Gunnersbury Park, Regent's Park, Crystal Palace and Newham College of Further Education The College also manages Forty Hall Farm, a 140 acres (57 ha) organic farm in Enfield.
- Capel Manor College
- The gardens and the Clydesdale working horses at Capel Manor College
- Capel Manor College profile on Studyfinder.org