The recent publication “World Orchid Collections 2020” includes the Writhlington Orchid Project amongst the world’s most significant collections for global Orchid Conservation. The book features thirty institutions from around the world that are cooperating to halt the extinction of orchids especially in tropical regions. The chapter on the Writhlington Orchid Project, written by students from the Mendip Studio School, describes the collection cared for by students from both Writhlington school and the Mendip Studio School, and their work with communities in tropical countries including Malaysia and Rwanda.
13 year old Writhlington student, Lily Jones said “It is really exciting to see our work published along with the top botanic gardens of the world, and shows that you can make a difference to our planet through plants.”
18 year old Jess Buckle who completed her A levels at Mendip Studio School and is now studying at Oxford University is one of the authors. Jess explained “We were asked to write a chapter for the book by the Committee of the World Orchid Congress and it has been a treat to show that young people are leading the way with conservation, horticulture and science.”
Students from the orchid project will be hosting a virtual Christmas Orchid Festival on Thursday 3rd December from 6.30-7.30 and details are available at the projects website www.wsbeorchids.org