Congratulations to our team of young garden designers. Last term they took part in a Royal Horticultural Society project – and won! Here’s their write-up about the competition. We’re looking forward to seeing their garden come to life!
Last term we took part in the Royal Horticultural Society “Green Plan It” Challenge. Our project was to design a garden for our school. We chose the rooftop area on our new school. We had to take into consideration the cost of things and we also had to make sure everything promoted biodiversity and was sustainable. At the start of the year, we visited the Botanic Gardens at Bristol University. This was where the competition was introduced to us. We met our mentor and we had a guided tour of the gardens. Our mentor was Juliet and she is a head gardener at St Fagan’s. She helped us choose the best plants, herbs and vegetables for our garden and she also helped us to understand why they were the best. We found out from the council ecologist that building the new school had destroyed the habitat of some butterflies that used to eat “devil’s bit scabious” which grew on the marshlands around the school. We tried to incorporate a marsh garden into our design to provide a new habitat for the butterflies so that we could help with their conservation.
By week 8 we had to hand in a written report, this contained team introductions, garden designs, research, plant types and an evaluation. We created a drawing of our garden plan and then developed a computer version. Next, we made our own model from recycled materials. We created a script for our presentation and developed an eye-catching display. At the start of December, we returned to Bristol University for an assessment and award ceremony, we had 30 minutes to set up our display and then the assessors came and listened to our presentations. They also asked us questions about our work. At the award ceremony, we were presented with the award for “Most Innovative” garden design and we received a certificate and trophy along with vouchers to buy gardening equipment for the garden.