Wisley 2018: Acorns Gardening Club take gold – again!

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On Thursday 24th and Friday 25th May, Bethany pupils; Arthur Cairns, Oscar Lewis, Daniel Reilly, Aidan Mathieson and James Caney attended the RHS Wisley Budding Gardeners’ Competition with Lab Technicians Alison Enticknap and Margaret Fillery and Head of Biology Rob Philbin. This is an annual competition with a designated theme. This year’s theme was to produce a Wildlife Garden in a 1m² pallet. The Science Club was challenged with designing and building a garden to fit this brief.

Bethany School Science Club researched the detrimental effects of plastics on the environment. In order to combat this, the pupils came up with the idea of using recycled plastic, in an environmentally friendly manner, to construct the wildlife habitats in their garden design, to prolong the use of the plastic and delay its eventual destination in landfill or a recycling unit.

The pupils chose the name “Animal Attraction” for their garden as their aim was to construct as many wildlife habitats as possible using recycled plastic and wildlife-attracting plants. The design and construction of the constituent parts of the garden and the growing of the plants took place on a weekly basis during Science Club over a five-week period.

On the first day at Wisley, most of the garden was planted up which the pupils really enjoyed. On the second day finishing touches were made and then the pupils interacted with the general public chatting about their design and build. From 12.00 the judges came round and inspected the entries and interviewed the entrants. Finally, about 2.00pm there was an award ceremony where winners of specific prizes were announced and each garden was judged to either receive a silver or a gold award. The silver and gold awards were announced by email later the following week and Bethany School was awarded a Gold award which was fantastic.

Magaret Fillery, said: “I am so proud of the Bethany School Acorns Gardening Club pupils. They worked so hard in preparation for their show garden and deserved to win their gold medal award. We will be celebrating by visiting a pick-your-own strawberries farm after we have planted our own strawberries in our science garden.”