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Chris Collins, Blue Peter Gardener Visits Our Greenfingered Students

On Wednesday, Chris Collins, the Blue Peter Gardener visited The Bridge to work with forty of our Year 7, 8 and 9 gardeners and share with them his love of the outdoors, what he has seen and achieved on his travels around the world and how he became a professional horticulturalist.

Our students listened attentively as Chris described how he has recently travelled to Cameroon and worked on various projects including rescuing Chimpanzees from hotels, collecting rare plants for a botanical “library” of plants and his conservation work in the rainforest. Chris shared many                 wonderful photographs from his travels and answered a stream of questions from our students including what it is like working on Blue Peter, what it was like in China and how to maintain the school’s compost heap.

Chris said: “It was a pleasure to visit President Kennedy School yesterday and I was impressed with the enthusiasm that the gardening club has. My talk generated many interesting and intelligent questions and I feel there are a few pupils who may be determined to visit a rainforest in the future. My congratulations to Daniela for her efforts in the ‘RHS Young Gardener of the Year Competition’. Let’s hope she is one of many good gardeners the school produces.”

The students worked with Chris to plant some daffodil and crocus bulbs alongside the Bridge garden. Mrs Coward, who leads our Gardening Club, said, “Chris was very inspiring and our students learnt a lot about horticulture around the world. I was proud of our students, the intelligent questions they asked and how well they represented President Kennedy School.