May is here and the top tip from Writhlington is get out into the countryside and find yourself some British orchids to admire. At the moment you could find Early spider orchid like the one above flowering at Dancing Ledge in Dorset last weekend, Green Winged orchid and early purple orchid. (go to read more for photos)
I’m pleased to report that we are back to normal, with Greenhouse club now hiding in the ‘Propagation Zone’ of the greenhouse and production resuming in the Lab.
There are a few changes however, as the photo above shows, all of greenhouse club now have school issued netbooks (I don’t get mine until September). We’re also enjoying the fact that our base is actually in the greenhouses. This means we’re much closer to the plants and makes us feel much more of a plant club than before!
We’ve decided to make use of the school’s brand new dining facilities to take some time to think about the future. This lovely room is a great place for sitting and eating, but is also the only place in the school we are allowed to drink coffee!
As a Year 11 Student at Writhlington School, I am 16. I mention this because it’s particularly strange that the Orchid Project is older than me!
As we move into our new greenhouses, let us take a moment to look back over our old School Greenhouses. These too outdate the Orchid Project, and come from the days of Rural Studies in school. They have seen the Writhlington Orchid Project grow from it’s humble beginnings, to the first show, to the first Chelsea and right up to the end of last term.
There is a point where a structure becomes special, and I’m sure for many that, though the old greenhouses are gone, they will not be forgotten.
Feel free to take a trip back in time through our Media Libraries to when these greenhouses were at their peak. Have a look at what was going on in 2005, 2007 and 2008, among other coverage of the lab and our events.
It’s good to be back! Officially back, I mean. It’s all very nice being in school, getting loads done and not having to obey any of the silly ‘moving around the building’ rules, but lets face it! It’s best to be officially back!
This week marks the return of the students to school, meaning that we’ll be able to start on the mass of work that needs to be done before our Grand Opening (dates TBC). We have a lot to do, and hopefully will be all ready for our opening. In case you hadn’t guessed… we’re all rather excited!