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Two schools cultivate winning ways and a calming, sensory place where nature thrives. They hope to attract the community and encourage everyone to go outside more. It has a Japanese Zen theme, and lots of pale, calming plants as well as a pagoda viewing hut. The site that the students had in mind when working on their garden design was Quarry Park, close to Southmead and Henleaze. The team’s industry mentors were Anne Sharp, who runs Anne Sharp Garden Designs and Lucy Watson, who runs a gardening business called Artistic Gardens. Fairfield High School team ‘The Secret Potters’ were joint winners of the pupils’ choice award for their hypothetical garden design for the wasteland that used to be the Ford Garage on Muller Road. The team designed a ‘mysterious maze’ with five sections: the calm area, the edible zone, the playground, the café and, in the centre, a fountain. The whole garden has an ‘eco’ theme and uses plants suitable for pollinators and recycled materials. It is a space which everyone can go to time and again to discover. Speaking about the project, RHS Head of Community Outreach, Andrea Van-Sittart said: “The Green Plan It Challenge is designed to support young people to develop a host of new skills - we hope to inspire some future Alan Titchmarsh’s and Monty Don’s. We’d love to see some of these gardens come to fruition as we set about greening our grey Britain.”





REDMAIDS’ High School and Fairfield High School both won awards at the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) Green Plan It Challenge for Wales and the South West of England region. The ten-week challenge saw over a hundred green-fingered 12-14 year-olds tasked with developing a design for a new school or community garden, working alongside professional garden designers, landscape architects and other horticultural industry insiders. The group of students, presented their imaginative 3D designs for a new conservation garden for judging at Bristol Botanic Garden on December 7, competing against teams from seven other schools across the region. The assessors included Danny Nagle of Grant Associates (the landscape architects behind Gardens by the Bay in Singapore), Emma McNamara, a horticultural advisor for the National Trust and Wendy Desyllas from Bristol Aquarium. Led by students, the challenge encouraged pupils to consider the benefits of communal green spaces and explore environmental issues while developing leadership, teamwork and creative skills. The winning garden was designed by a team-of-six from Y Pant School in Rhondda Cynon Taf. Redmaids’ High School team ‘The Red squirrels’ won the prize for best teamwork for the outstanding way they’d worked together over the project. The team designed a family friendly garden which is accessible, a home for wildlife,

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Henleaze & Westbury Voice January 2018  
Henleaze & Westbury Voice January 2018  

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