Agriculture & Agricultural Engineering

By studying a course in agriculture or agricultural engineering at Hadlow College you can become part of an industry which is key to the production of food, preservation of the countryside and the ongoing survival of the rural economy.


Through practical experience on the College farms and dairy, as well as working on machinery and in our workshop facilities, students gain an in-depth understanding of the skills they need to work within the Agricultural industry. They are involved in all aspects of the farming year - including lambing, shearing, ploughing and harvest - and assist with the College’s award-winning dairy herd. The Agricultural team have an array of experience ranging from crop, soil, plant, livestock, machinery and business management, and bring this knowledge and experience to the delivery of the courses. The courses have a mixture of practical and theory and are delivered making use of the excellent Agricultural facilities.

Partnerships for Area

FGS, Burdens farms, Park Farm and JPF Farms.


  • Farm Worker
  • Shepherd
  • Stockperson
  • Assistant Farm Manager
  • Herdsperson
  • Agriculture Contractor
  • Agriculture Engineer or Technician
  • Groundcare Engineer or Technician
  • Self-employed Engineer or Technician
  • Tractor Driver
  • Agriculture Inspector


Agricultural Engineering

Through practical experience in the College workshops, as well as working on machinery restoration projects for local farmers, students gain an in-depth understanding of the skills they need to work within the Agricultural engineering industry. They are involved in all aspects of engineering - including welding, fabrication, servicing, engine and transmission rebuilds, hydraulics and suspension systems, restorations, machinery operations and ploughing.

The engineering team have an array of experience ranging from workshop management, engineering, machinery operation specialists and industry trainers. All our staff bring this knowledge and experience to the delivery of the course.

The course has a mixture of practical and theory and is delivered making use of the excellent Agricultural workshop facilities and machinery training yard.

Partnerships for Area

Crawfords, Haynes, Burden Bros, Agwoods and Coppards.


  • Agricultural Engineer or Technician
  • Groundcare Engineer or Technician
  • Self-Employed Engineer or Technician
  • Truck or Bus Engineer or Technician
  • Workshop Manager
  • Machinery Contractor
  • Dealership Technician
  • Interchangeable Large Motor Vehicle Skills


Howard Lee

Dr. Howard Lee

Lecturer in Sustainable Agriculture

Dr Howard Lee is a passionate advocate of sustainable agriculture and a recognised authority on the wider issue of sustainability and food security. Having gained an MSc in Advanced Ecology and a PhD "Aspects of the Ecology of Bracken Removal From Upland Pastures" - Sunderland Polytechnic

he worked with the Department of Agriculture in Northern Ireland advising on new cultivars of potatoes, as well as the Queen's University Belfast and Imperial College Wye, Howard has numerous years of industry experience.

In addition to lecturing on our BSc (Hons) International Agriculture and BSc (Hons) Horticulture programmes, Howard is an external examiner for a number of different institutions and sits on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability, as well as being an author and modern art enthusiast.

Subject Specialisms

Sustainable Agriculture, Agroecology

Publications & Research
Armstrong-Brown A., Cook H.F., Lee H.C. (2000). Topsoil characteristics from a paired farm survey of organic versus conventional farming in southern England. Biological Agriculture & Horticulture 18, 37-54.

Ghaffari A, Cook H.F., Lee H.C. (2001). Simulating winter wheat yields under temperate conditions: exploring different management scenarios. European Journal of Agronomy 15, 231-240.

Ghanbari-Bonjar A. and Lee H.C. (2002). Intercropped field beans (Vicia faba) and wheat (Triticum aestivum) for whole crop forage: effects of nitrogen on forage yield and quality. Journal of Agricultural Science, Cambridge 138, 311-315.

Ghaffari A. Cook, H.F. and Lee H.C. (2002). Climate Change and Winter Wheat Management: A modelling scenario for South-Eastern England. Climatic Change 55, 509-533.

Munro T.L., Cook H. and Lee H. (2002). Sustainability indices used to compare properties of organic and conventionally managed topsoils. Biological Agriculture and Horticulture 20, 201-214

Ghanbari-Bonjar A. and Lee H.C. (2003). Intercropped wheat (Triticum aestivum L.)  and  bean (Vicia faba L. ) as a whole-crop forage: effect of harvest time on forage yield and quality. Grass and Forage Science 58, 28-36.

Sarkodie-Addo J., Lee H.C. and Baggs E.M. (2003). Nitrous oxide emissions after application of inorganic fertiliser and incorporation of green manure residues.Soil Use & Management19(4),331-9.

Masciandaro G., Ceccanti B., Benedicto S., Lee H.C. and Cook H.F. (2004). The biochemistry of a soil under mulching. Canadian Journal of Soil Science  84, 19-33.
Lee, H. (2005). Methodologies for the comparison of organic and conventional farming systems. International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability 3(2), 122-129.

Cook H.F., Valdes G.S.B., Lee H.C. (2006). Mulch effects on rainfall interception, soil physical characteristics and temperature under Zea mays L. Soil & Tillage Research 91, 227-235.

Lee., H.C., Walker, R., Haneklaus, S., Philips,L., Rahmann, G., Schnug, E. (2008). Organic farming in     Europe: a potential major contribution to food security in a scenario of climate change and fossil fuel depletion Landbauforschung – vTI/Agriculture and Forestry Research 58,145-152.

Carr, L., Lee, H. (2013). Developing the feedback process: promoting teacher and student dialogue via the use of screen capture and audio. Compass, In press

Lee, Howard C. (2013). The Devil is in the Detail: food security and self sustaining cropping systems for Urban and Peri-Urban zones. In (A. Viljoen, ed) Proceedings of AESOP (Cardiff) 3rd Sustainable Food Planning Thematic Group Meeting. In press.


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