Friday was Simon’s last day as a teacher.
Dr Simon Pugh – Jones MBE began his career as a physics teacher at Writhlington in 1989. He started the Orchid Project in some old greenhouses left redundant, after the national curriculum was introduced by the government. In 2013, Simon was awarded his MBE for his work in education.
Simon has grown the Writhlington Orchid Project to be one of the most significant collections of orchids, not only in this country but world wide. Of the 28,000 species of orchid in the world, Writhlington houses nearly 1000 all thanks to Simon.
Although Simon is retiring from his work as a teacher, he will remain a member of the Writhlington Orchid Project. Both he and Annie will be volunteering with us and I hope, giving us plenty of advice for many years to come.