WSBEorchids

FLOWing to a Chelsea medal?

Snow wasn’t the only thing causing excitement at Writhlington school this week.  Granted most of the school were more interested in the snow but a select few of us were particularly excited about the arrival of an integral part of our Chelsea flower show display for 2009.

The Chelsea Flow Cabinate
The Chelsea Flow Cabinate

This brand new Laminar flow cabinate is a key part of or Chelsea display as it will feature a working micropropagation laboratory.  This flow cabinate allows us to work in a clean air environment while we sow orchid seed etc.

The challange now will be to transport this essential piece of equipment up to Chelsea and then back, and then into it’s final resting place in the new school in september 2010, but we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it!

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British school students return rare plant to the Himalayas

A groundbreaking conservation project linking Writhlington School students with the gardeners of Gangtok is making a real difference in Himalayan conservation as well as providing a model for effective international community co-operation.

Students at Writhlington who have become experts in orchids and raising these exotic plants from seed in a dedicated propagation laboratory have used their skills to help the future of one of the world’s rarest orchid species.

Read More…

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Recent Updates

There are some updates that our happening now, some that have happened and some that we plan to impement over the next couple of weeks.

Firstly, all news items is now catagorised.  This makes it easy for you to find the particular information that your looking for about our projects.  These can all be found on the right hand panel.

Comments:  Since re-instating the comments system we have be getting a large amount of Spam.  Our plan to combat this is to have terms and conditions that all people commenting will have to accept.  This will allow us to trace some of the big companies who leave advertising spam and fine them.

Please do not be detered from posting comments if you have something that you want to say.  All comments are moderated by a human being so there is no chance of your orchid related comment being mistaken for an advert!

Finally, IE6 users.  Currently we are aware that this website doesn’t work in MS Internet Explorer 6.  I am told that this is because it uses different pixel sizes.  All I know is that it doesn’t work as our school runs IE6!  I am also told that a new design is in the pipeline to combat this issue.

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Seedling Portfolios

Those of you who are very observant may have noticed the new button on the navigation bar at the top.  If you haven’t already, look at it, it’s the one that says ‘seedling portfolio’ on it, looks just like any other button I hear you say.

Well, your half right, but it’s what happens when you press the button that is really exciting!  After a long day working on the website I managed to do what no one has ever done before – convert all of our seedling portfolio information pages to PDF and upload them to the website.

But you don’t want to hear about how hard it was for me to upload them, you want to hear about how it will benefit you.  Well, if you have ever bought a plant from us then the chances are that it will have an information sheet in the portfolio.  This tells you useful information such as your plant’s flowering season and at what temperature to keep it at.

So go on, press that shiny new button!

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