A Little Piece of Eden

As part of Curriculum Enrichment Week 2016, a group of Year 7, 8 and 9 students worked with Eden Apprentices to create a brand new garden at Penrice.

In just two days, Faith Long and Liam Pearce from Year 7, Matthew Gregory-Smith from Year 8 and Kieran Drury, Rhys Cowie and Emily Tromans from Year 9 transformed a disused space within the Humanities Block into a charming garden they named Little Eden.

In the run up to the event, the apprentices asked the students to create designs of what they would like the garden to look like. The garden features some yellow and white flowers to match the Academy’s logo, such as Lysimachia punctata and Platycodon ‘Astra White’. As well as some more unique plants like Cosmos atrosanguineus Chocamocha, which smells like chocolate!

The aim is to engage with the local community, educate young people about gardening and show people the possibilities of what can be done in a small space. It also tied in nicely with Sustainability Week, which was all about exploring environmental issues.

Mr Buse said: “The Eden Project apprentice team offered the chance for a group of passionate students to get hands-on. They have been involved in every aspect of the garden and have thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of converting a less attractive area of the school grounds into a captivating green space.

“This involvement has greatly promoted the importance of green spaces and sustainability in our school. We can’t thank the Eden team enough for their help – the amount of effort that went in was unbelievable and I know will make a difference to the school and wider community for many years to come.”