Merrist Wood College

Merrist Wood is a 400-acre, multi-award-winning college with excellent facilities spread across our beautiful estate and a wide range of courses to suit all abilities.

Merrist Wood College is widely recognised for specialising in providing education and training for the land-based industries.

Located three miles from Guildford town centre in Worplesdon, the college dates back as early as 1318. We are widely recognised by industry specialists for our training excellence and many successes at RHS Chelsea and Hampton Court Flower Shows. Work from the estate has been seen across the world!

The indoor riding arena is one of the largest of any college in the country and we are home to a large, diverse range of animals in our Animal Management Centre. 

We offer a range of courses from one-day workshops and short courses, to diplomas and certificates, with progression right up to degree level. Success rates are higher than the national benchmarks, and our tutors are experienced industry professionals. 

State-of-the-art workspaces and facilities

Our learners benefit from specialist resources for practical outdoor courses. Our 400-acre estate has woodlands, wetlands, livestock, gardens and grasslands. There are outstanding facilities for floristry, horticulture, landscaping and garden design. These include a campus nursery, workshops and design studios.

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