School students and Eden apprentices create a Little Eden at Penrice Academy
A team of Eden Project apprentices worked with Penrice Academy to transform a disused space at the school into a charming garden named Little Eden.
The apprentices asked a group of Year 7, 8 and 9 students to create designs for the garden.
The combined worked for three days to create a garden featuring yellow and white flowers to match Penrice Academy’s logo, such as Lysimachia punctata and Platycodon ‘Astra White’. It also boasts Cosmos atrosanguineus Chocamocha, which smells like chocolate.
Months of planning led up to the project, coinciding with the school’s Sustainability Week, part of Penrice Academy's Curriculum Enrichment Week.
The aim is to engage with the local community, educate young people about gardening and show what can be done in a small space.
Bran Howell, Eden’s Senior Education Officer, said: “This has been a unique and exciting venture. It was great to see the apprentices working with the students of Penrice Academy to create such a wonderful space and I hope they are all proud of what they have achieved.”
Sarah Thomas, Eden Finance Apprentice and Community Project Leader, said: “We have had a great time creating this project together and it has been really rewarding working with the students at Penrice Academy.
“We hope that the garden brings some inspiration to the staff and students to create their own green spaces in the near future. We would also like to say a big thank you to Penrice Academy and Wyevale garden centre in Par for their help and support.”
Sam Buse, Teacher of Geography at Penrice Academy, 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."
In their first year, all 13 Eden apprentices were asked to work together to produce a product. Now in their second year, the Eden apprentices were put into smaller groups and asked to do a community project.
The apprentice team which worked on Little Eden was made up of two horticulture apprentices, two finance apprentices and a media relations apprentice.
For more details on applying to be an apprentice at the Eden Project in September, please see: http://www.edenproject.com/get-involved/jobs/current-vacancies