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Established in 1968, Capel Manor College have been one of the fastest developing colleges in the UK, with five centres across London teaching over 3,500 students. 

We offer courses in horticulture, tree surgery, floristry, garden design, countryside management and the environment, animal care and saddlery. 

We attract a wide and diverse range of students from mature students who are seeking a career change, as well as setting 16-18 year olds on their career path. 

You can find out more about the history and work of Capel Manor College on our website. 

We have two campuses in South East London: at Mottingham, and in Crystal Palace Park.

Our Crystal Palace site 

Crystal Palace Park farm

Student with goat

Our farm is well known to many local people: before the Covid restrictions came in, it was open (and free!) to public visitors six days a week and attracted 200-300 people per day. Local nurseries and primary schools visited the farm for guided tours throughout the year. We are looking forward to fully reopening our farm to the public once restrictions allow. 

However, the facilities there are tired and do not currently offer as good a visitor experience as we would like. We think there is a great opportunity to significantly improve the existing farm facilities, providing a much better experience for our students, visitors and animals.

Jubilee Stand

Most of our teaching at Crystal Palace currently takes place in various rooms and workshops in the Jubilee Stand of the National Sports Centre (NSC); we rent these facilities from the Greater London Authority (GLA). The GLA has been consulting on various options for the future of the NSC, which include demolition of the Jubilee Stand.

NSC interior

In any case, we want to provide the very best facilities for our students and staff. Our current base in the Jubilee Stand does not provide the quality of accommodation or the space and ease of access to the gardens and green areas that our students need.

Work so far

During 2019 and 2020, we consulted with local people near Crystal Palace on plans for a rebuilt college farm and a new, purpose-built building on the edge of Crystal Palace Park (close to the museum on Anerley Hill). We were very pleased with the feedback we received: over 75% of responses indicated support for both proposed plans.

You can see the exhibition boards from that exhibition by clicking here.

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