Writhlington students, Emily Thearle and Jess Buckle, have won a gold medal from the Royal Horticultural Society for their display at the London International Orchid Show.
The display included orchids grown by students at Writhlington and information about recent conservation work in Rwanda. Emily (Year 10) explained “The show is the UK’s biggest Orchid event and this year we designed a display based around some of Writhlington’s largest specimen plants. We have been nurturing them carefully for months in the school greenhouses to make sure that they were at their peak for the show and the hard work has really paid off. The information about our trip to Rwanda caused a lot of interest and it was great to share our experiences with the public.”
It was the first time Jess (Year 9) had designed a major display but she described the success as a real team effort: “We wouldn’t have won Gold without the efforts of all the Orchid Project team over the past twelve months; during the show students from Year 7 to Year 12 were busy selling plants, explaining our work and advising people on successful ways to grow orchids.”
With this year’s show over the Orchid Project team have already started planning next year’s display and are aiming for something even more spectacular.