Work Experience – Day 10 – Final Day

And so ends two very enjoyable and interesting two weeks, today was a finishing off day with my report and micropropagation being finished and has now been uploaded (Micropropagation Report – J.O’Rourke). I also helped sow seeds from the native, common spotted orchid which we had collected yesterday from the local area.

As this is my final blog post I would like to thank the Writhlington Orchid Project for their welcoming and friendly atmosphere.  In particular I would like to thank Simon for organising the placement and helping me throughout. I would also like to thank Luke Barnes for his help and expertees for the duration of the placement. I wish all the best to the Project in the future and am looking forward to coming to the Autumn Festival in September.

I hope you have enjoyed reading my blog
John  O’Rourke – Year 10 Student, King Arthur’s Community School, Wincanton.


Work Experience – Day 9 + Sports Day

Another very eventful day with the Orchid with the large part of the day given over to school sports day. The morning however was spent seed sowing, something that despite almost two weeks worth of practice I still struggle with – although I am getting better.

Sports Day was a very enjoyable afternoon with Simon Pugh-Jones providing some light hearted entertainment on the Sports Day PA system. We did however get a taste of the British summer with quite a lot of rain towards the end, this though did not dampen spirits. The finale of the sports day was the unicycle race with the competitors having to deal with some very wet and slippery conditions. The race was closely fought with Luke Shackleton taking the title.
Below are a couple of photos of the days events.

Check back tomorrow for my final blog post.


Work Experience – Day 8

A different day today at the Orchid Project but nevertheless very interesting and enjoyable, with the morning spent compiling a report on micropropagation and conservation of orchids. Hopefully, I will be able to put the report up on the website this week for anyone who is interested.
The afternoon was spent learning new techniques, beginning with a re-potting session for orchids that had grown too big for the laboratory jars. After re-potting I also tried my hand at pollination which as you can see from the pictures below is a rather fiddly task. Tomorrow is school sports day and so tomorrow may also be a bit different!

Check back tomorrow for another update.


Work Experience – Day 7

Day 7 of my work experience was again an interesting day with a large proportion of the time spent in the lab. More replating was completed and my seed sowing skills have greatly improved after today’s sowing session. With the end of term nearing and thus my work experience,  I hope that the last three days will continue to be just as enjoyable and interesting as the last week and a bit.