Three Hadlow College students, Alex Rumph, Laurence Herring and Tom Denning have all found a career with Kent-based The Twig Group, who are specialists in ecological contracting, grounds maintenance and landscape design.

Press release 18th November 2016

Following significant development in the last two years, The Twig Group based in Goudhurst, have employed more staff, including two Hadlow College students. Alex and Tom took the FdSc Countryside Management course, which equips them for a wide range of careers within countryside management, whilst Laurence took the BSc in Countryside Management.  Projects the students have been involved with are:-

  • Reptile and Great Crested newt survey, mitigation and translocation works
  • Sensitive vegetation clearance on protected sites.
  • Reptile exclusion fencing
  • Tree felling and scrub works
  • Sowing of 450 acres of wild flower meadows
  • Planting of 65,000 trees and shrubs
  • Grounds maintenance on the KCC portfolio
  • Security fencing, stock fencing and bespoke custom fencing at various sites

Since its establishment in 2002, The Twig Group has built a comprehensive portfolio of clients across the South East and further afield. From complex, ecologically-sensitive activities, through to logistically challenging multi-site grounds maintenance contracts, The Twig Group are now working across 14 separate sites for a major housebuilder and working with 12 different ecological consultants.

Their success and growth is as a result of the unique approach to working with housing developers. They can advise early on in the process, alerting their clients on what to look out for when purchasing a site or prior to construction commencing. Practical solutions are provided with an understanding of construction programmes and timings to keep projects on track, which means a cost effective ecological service.

Person holding a hedge trimmer in protective clothing

Head of ecology at The Twig Group, James Dickinson said:

“Having previously been Programme leader on all of these courses at Hadlow College, I know the quality of students it turns out. The courses have been very successful with a wide range of students achieving well and getting jobs within the industry. What is great about my current role is that I often find myself meeting up with ex students on sites around Kent through work, which is a credit to the college”.

Alex Rumph, one of the students, said:

“Since starting with Twig I have been working on a range of sites and undertaking a wide diversity of tasks which has enabled me to put into practice the knowledge and skills I learnt on my FdSc at Hadlow. Through working with ecological professionals and work-based CPD I have further developed and enhanced my theory base and practical skills and gained my Great Crested Newt licence”.


About Hadlow College

Hadlow is a specialist, high quality, land-based college set in the heart of the Kent countryside near Tonbridge, offering a huge range of courses, from Entry Level up to Honours Degrees, and land-based Apprenticeship routes. The only Kent college to be graded ‘Outstanding’ at its last Ofsted inspection and an LSIS Beacon provider, Hadlow prides itself on educational excellence linked to sustainable business practices.

With additional campuses at Canterbury, Medway and South East London at Mottingham and Greenwich, Hadlow has just over 1200 full time students studying up to Level 3 (Extended Diploma) and over 600 Higher Education.  Students studying up to Level 6. In addition, 1000 part time students enrol every year across all campuses, on a range of part time options, from apprenticeships, to Saturday workshops.

Hadlow is passionate about the land-based sector and is heavily involved with the county’s rural community, being a major sponsor of the Kent County Show and co-partner in Produced In Kent. The college is part of the Hadlow Group, comprising Betteshanger Sustainable Parks, Hadlow Rural Community School and West Kent and Ashford College and commercial enterprises such as a Garden.