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Horticulture students at Derby College have won a top award at their third appearance at the prestigious BBC Gardeners World Live show at the NEC.

Having won gold and silver merit medals in the past two shows – the team won the coveted platinum award as well as the prize for the best interpretation of the theme in the 23-strong garden borders category.

A group of 35 volunteers who help to restore and maintain the historic gardens at Derby College's Broomfield Hall campus have won a Silver medal for their exhibit at the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show.

The volunteers have been working alongside Broomfield Hall's Head Gardener Samantha Harvey and entered the long border competition at the show with their exhibit, entitled 'Rhythm of Colour' - inspired by the long border at Broomfield Hall Gardens.

Derby College's Broomfield Hall will hold its annual open day on Sunday June 17 between 10am and 4pm with a wide range of family-friendly activities and demonstrations by students.

There will be a number of have a go activities - including tree climbing, sports and feeding some of the animals.

A championship breeder has been appointed to manage Derby College's dog grooming salon at Broomfield Hall and is planning to expand the range of professional courses available to people looking to hone their skills in the growing industry.

Sophie Farnworth, a qualified veterinary physiotherapist and accomplished dog groomer, has won medals at various shows, including Crufts, for her Chinese Crested and Pug dogs.

A group of 35 volunteers who help to restore and maintain the historic gardens at Derby College's Broomfield Hall campus are busy creating an exhibit, designed by head gardener Samantha Harvey, for the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show in June.

The volunteers have been working alongside Broomfield Hall's Samantha Harvey to restore and develop the Victorian gardens to their former glory with increasing the collection of plants, shrubs and semi mature trees.

Derby College's residential accommodation for students who live at the Broomfield Hall campus has again been praised by Ofsted inspectors and graded 'outstanding'. Ofsted Inspectors visited last month – scrutinising the overall experiences and progress of young people, how well they are helped and protected and the effectiveness of leaders and managers.

All areas were given the top rating – echoing the 'Outstanding' grades that the College's residential accommodation received at the previous inspection in October 2014.

Animal Care learners at Derby College’s Broomfield Hall will mark National Hedgehog Week with the release of four animals back into the wild on Tuesday May 8.

The four hedgehogs have spent the winter at Broomfield Hall being cared for by the students. Having now increased in weight and health, they are ready to be released.

Derby College's Animal Unit at Broomfield Hall in Morley will be raising the profile of conservation issues around the world and closer to home as part of its open day on Sunday April 22.

Students have prepared a number of displays to highlight work that they have completed during their study programmes such as the risk to ocean species from discarded plastics. They will also share the work they have done to rehabilitate and return hedgehogs to the wild as well as conservation work completed during previous study trips to South Africa.

Visitors to Derby College's Broomfield Hall campus in Morley on Sunday March 18 between 11am and 3pm will have the chance to meet the new-born lambs and other animals who are cared for by students at the College.

Broomfield Hall's working farm and animal unit will be open throughout the day where visitors can see a wide range of resident animals and exotic species from the new wallabies to reptiles.

Visitors to Derby College's Broomfield Hall in Morley this Sunday (December 10) will get their first glimpse of the latest arrivals at the Animal Unit – a pair of Wallabies.

The five-year-old male and 20-month-old female have just arrived from a UK zoo and are housed in a special enclosure which has been built by staff and students at Broomfield Hall.

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