21 Years On

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.


New Term, New School!

Luke Barnes in New Lab

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!


Want to visit us?

We have had a lot of interest in the past at visiting the Writhlington Orchid Project.  In the past this hasn’t been possible because our greenhouses were a health and safety nightmare and the labs were all miles away.

Fortunately (as I’m sure you’re aware!) we now have a brand new, State of the art Greenhouse and Micropropagation facility which we are all very keen for you to come and have a look round!  We’re hoping to have open days on a regular basis, which will include tours of the greenhouses, lectures and have-a-go at Microprop, as well as various other features from other departments at the school.

The Open Days will hopefully start from October this year, after our Grand Opening Event in Late September.  We’re keen to make this a huge event and look forward to seeing you all there.

Exact dates for this event will hopefully be confirmed by the end of May.  Watch this space!


Cataloging a lab

The new Micropropagation Laboratory

One of the advantages of moving to a new facility, is that it gives a great excuse to do some of those things that you’ve always meant to get around to.  This is exactly the same with our lab.  Now that we’re in our new building, we’ve loaded up a computer database and inputted every single flask.

The practical upshot of this is that we’ll be able to put our hands on any flask in half the time.  I’m really looking forward to testing this out, and particularly seeing how much easier it makes the London Show.

(Left) The flow cabinet (yes, it is on as well!) and some orchid shelves.
(Center) The classroom being slightly taken over by my data-basing efforts (Lab door to the left)
(Right) View of the Lab from the classroom door, including my temporary shelving.