Derwen Estates formed when the college farm was redeveloped to offer work-based training in Estate Work, Conservation and Arboriculture.
Visitors to Derwen Estates can wonder around a ten-acre site, split into a woodland area with a 750-metre footpath and approximately 3000 young trees. The Earth Centre has been developed as an environmental teaching resource and visitor centre, with the theme of the natural environment and the impact that people have upon it. An extensive Christmas tree plantation, a sheep and goat field and extension to the woodland walk are being added to the original project.
The Earth Centre is comprised of a number of different habitats, including a pocket-sized cornfield and hay meadow, a small wetland area including ponds and marshland and areas for attracting birds and insects. In addition, there are large beds of different varieties of willow trees for basketry and other willow work. A number of trees are grown in the nursery and a small organic allotment is being developed. Derwen Estates produces teasels, bulrushes, poppy heads, twisty willow and a variety of seeds for sale to the public through college outlets, including the Garden Centre. Visit Derwen Estates and experience it for yourself.