The College Farm is made up of the Dairy Centre (190 ha) including cropping area, the Beef & Sheep Centre (120 ha) and the Hill Farm Centre (1,040ha).
The three centres provide a unique resource for students to adopt a learning by doing approach to their studies within the campus courses. Furthermore, the centres are used extensively by technologists and advisers to demonstrate and promote the adoption of the latest technological advances within the livestock and arable crop sectors.
This complex enables all machinery and building activity for agricultural students at Greenmount to be concentrated in one specialist building. It includes several fully equipped workshops, a series of welding/construction booths, a buildings demonstration and display area, also, included are teaching and demonstration rooms.
Greenmount Campus currently has three student and one Industry Training computer suites, all with Internet access and printing facilities in addition to a number of open access computers. Greenmount Campus’s computer facilities are upgraded on an ongoing basis.
Greenmount Campus is set in over 18 hectares of landscaped grounds, originally laid out in the 19th century. Some of the original parkland trees provide the structure for the more modern gardens today.
Horticulture students develop practical, technical and management skills in the campus’s two Horticulture Centres, the Horticulture Training Centre and the Amenity Horticulture Centre, which includes the Walled Garden and the Greenkeeping and Golf Academy.
The Amenity Horticulture Centre includes a large Walled Garden. It has been in continual use since it was built in 1801. In 2000 the garden was redesigned in dramatic formal style and is one of the largest public sector and private sector partnership projects for the millennium in Northern Ireland. For more information on the Walled Garden and the opening times.
The facility includes an eight bay driving range, a short game practice area, as well as, three complete holes including water hazards and bunkers so that the golfers can experience the normal challenges of a course.
The Nature Trail at Greenmount attracts over 3,000 visitors per year. Field teaching experience using the Nature trail is provided by the RSPB. Charges of £3.50 for half day and £5 full day apply. This offers the opportunity to investigate a variety of farmland habitats and their wildlife.
Greenmount Resource Centre
The state-of-the-art GRC provides a comprehensive and advanced suite of IT and library facilities. This includes computer and Internet suites, group study rooms, an audio resource centre and a lecture theatre, all of which are designed to provide students with a quality learning environment.
Conservation and Environment
Few colleges can match the resources Greenmount Campus has to offer students interested in countryside management. Not only is the campus set in 18 hectares of parkland, but it also boasts a further 300 hectares of lowland farmland, including areas of broad-leaved woodland and wetland. A further 1,000 hectares of upland are farmed at the college’s Hill Farm which is included within a Special Protection Area (SPA) designation.