Simon Pugh-Jones

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Teacher in charge of the Writhlington Orchid Project

Micropropagation workshop day 1

Today was the first of our workshops training Kitabi staff and students orchid Micropropagation techniques. This picture shows Jacob leading on making up growing media. Other activities included sterilising scalpels, tweezers and making stock solutions. The enthusiasm of our Rwandan partners and the brilliant work of the Writhlington team made for a really enjoyable session. […]


At home in the forest

Today’s group photo was taken in Nyungwe forest in an area dominated by giant tree ferns. Tomorrow morning we will be in a very different habitat exploring Kamiranzovu swamp? This is Africa’s largest peat bog and home to some unique plants. I am sure that the team will feel just as much at home as […]


Well done team

A big well done tonight to my amazing team of staff and students. Everyone has managed to stay awake when needed, enjoyed the wonderful Rwandan food, made friends with our great partners but most of all really worked as a team, looking out for each other and mucking in together. The next two weeks are […]


Off to a great start

The team are all settled down for their first night under a Rwandan sky. Everything is going to plan and I must thank our friends at Kitabi College for making us feel very looked after from the moment we arrived. It has been a real pleasure to get to know Marshall Banamwana an inspirational Lecturer […]