Students take part in Wild About Gardens Event
Level 1 Horticulture students from Bridgwater College, in association with Cannington in Bloom, recently took part in the RHS and Wildlife Trust’s ‘Wild About Gardens’ event at the College’s Walled Gardens of Cannington.
Students, staff and Cannington in Bloom committee members cleared and planted a native wildflower area in the Gardens, which will help feed pollinators in the spring. The group then went to work creating bug hotels to provide winter habitats for insects and small animals such as toads and hedgehogs, using recycled materials foraged from around the College’s Cannington Centre. The hotels will then be entered into the ‘Wild About Gardens’ competition.
The project provided a series of real-life educational opportunities for students in Cannington, and a litter pick is planned for later in the year, as well as free horticultural training evenings at the Gardens.
Hannah Taunton, 23, from Taunton said, “I thought the day was really brilliant as I have never built a bug hotel before. It was also great working with new people.”
Jayne Alcock, Grounds and Gardens Supervisor for the College said, “It was great fun working with the students and members of the Cannington in Bloom team. The sowing of more wildflowers in the Walled Garden and the creation of two bug hotels for the College site, are important projects for raising the awareness of the plight of pollinators. In addition, we are providing an important shelter as winter approaches, and a food source for pollinators when they emerge in the spring. We look forward to working with the Cannington in Bloom team in the future.”
Kris Scotting, Treasurer at Cannington in Bloom said, “We’ve been enthusiastic about the Gardens since they opened and it’s a joy and privilege to work with the students.”