MBE for Simon Pugh-Jones

We are delighted to announce that Simon’s work in Education and the Orchid Project has been recognised with an MBE in the 2013 New Year’s Honours List. Simon said today “This is recognition for my fantastic team of students at Writhlington who have achieved so much over the last twenty years and for all those who have supported our work both in the UK and abroad.”

Simon Pugh-Jones MBE with Laelia anceps in the School Greenhouse


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  1. Pam Kelt says:

    Brilliant achievement, on so many levels. Wish I’d had a teacher like this at my school.

    Orchid fever lives!

  2. Wendy Haworth says:

    Well done Simon & the team…very well deserved!

  3. Congratulations! Very well deserved.

  4. Richard Silcox says:

    Congratulations to Mr Pugh-Jones and everyone involved in the Orchid Project!

  5. verry well done sir.

  6. David Crook says:

    Congratulations on a very well deserved award.

  7. Peter Lees says:

    Thre MNR Journal said we could get tickets for the film etc on the website – could not find them!
    Also the events page shows June only – not the best
    Anyway, can we get advance tickets and, if so, how?
    Peter Lees Prospect Cottage, Wells Road, Radstock

    PS you were here a year or two ago.

  8. Rugamba fred says:

    you are achieving many things ,and i am proud of you sir,even here in Rwanda we like you so much

  9. R. J. Catt says:

    This is a request to Mr. Pugh-Jones MBE.
    I am trying to obtain the orchid called Cattleya belle. I saw the adult plant at the Three Counties Show on the Writhlington School stand and wish to buy one for my friend’s birthday.
    Can you help me please.
    Thank you.
    Yours truly,
    R. J. Catt

    • Simon Pugh-Jones says:

      Hi – I am afraid that that was the only plant of Cattleya Bella (Originally Laeliocattleya Bella) we had. At one time we had a number of primary hybrids but our work is now very much with species. It is a great hybrid and I am sure that the remaking of Cattleya labiata x Cattleya purpurata is well worth doing.

  10. dru (andrew) Tibby says:

    Hi Mr Pugh-jones, I don’t know if you will remember me, But back in the late 90’s I tried to raise money for the orchid project at Writhlington school. Since then my love for plants has done nothing but grow, though my circus skills are now somewhat lacking. I was a troubled student, and life was not fun for me, but those little bits of fun and wonder you gave me have never left my thoughts. I can still remember when your hair was caught and you came back without the ponytail! why didn’t you grow it back? Whether you remember me or not I still want to thank you. my teenage years were some of the hardest I’ve ever faced, yet the simple act of spinning plates, looking at flowers and studying science helped me get through them.
    After reading up about all you have achieved im glad you got the recognition you deserved.
    Thank you for the patience, understanding and very fond memories.

    • Hi Dru, lovely to hear from you – of course I remember you, and your enormous enthusiasm for whatever job we needed to do in the old greenhouse. We still combine circus skills with the greenhouse and as you can see have a lot of fun along the way.
      Lots of the plants that you cared for in the 1990s are now giant specimens and the successes of the orchid project are down to the hours of dedication from generations of students just like you. Thanks for sharing you moving thoughts – it has made my week. Simon.