News story from St Aubyn's School

How hard can it bee?

The Chelsea Flower Show may have been cancelled this year, but it didn’t stop the keen, green-fingered young horticulturalists at St Aubyn’s from getting creative in their gardens.

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20th May 2020 — The Eco-Committee challenged them to take inspiration from Chelsea and come up with ideas to encourage more bees into their gardens. Their activities included making bee hotels and bee watering holes and introducing bee-friendly plants such as lavender and roses. They also planted fruits and vegetables.

Year 2 pupil, Bea, explained, “I made a bee hotel and a bee watering hole which I have put near the lavender. I didn’t have any glass beads so I used stones instead.”

Saanvi planted beanstalks in her vegetable plot. “I first grew the beans indoors in a plastic recycled zipbag and then, once planted outside, I watered them regularly with water that we had used to wash vegetables in the kitchen.”

Previous eco-tasks have challenged the pupils to come up with clever ideas for saving water and making bird feeders and many have taken part in the school’s wildlife photography competition.

Pupils Florence, James and Etta-Rose used collected rainwater from their water butts to water their plants and seeds.

Teacher, Mrs Slade, praised all the children for their ingenuity and obvious passion for the eco-committee’s activities and their gardening!

St Aubyn's School (Coed 3-13) is a day school in Essex.

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