Chester Park Juniors win zoo competition

July 11 2016

VISITORS to Bristol Zoo this summer can view an edible garden planted by children from Chester Park Junior School.

VISITORS to Bristol Zoo this summer can view  an edible garden planted by children from Chester Park Junior School.

The Fishponds school’s gardening club beat off stiff competition to win the top prize of planting their own design at the zoo. The children’s ideas included growing fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers, as well as food for the animals.

 The pupils’ visit began with the bedding-in of the vegetation, followed by a tour of the Zoo from expert gardeners and the presentation of gardening vouchers.

 Eddie Mole, head of horticulture at Bristol Zoo Gardens, said: “Chester Park Junior School’s entry is very impressive. It is aesthetically pleasing and it’s clear that a lot of hard work went into designing it. They have used a good selection of herbs to create a border and there is a nice variety of flowers and vegetables. This is a great way of sharing our wonderful grounds with the local community.”

 Plants selected by the children included beetroot, rainbow chard, mint, bamboo, purple cauliflower and potatoes.

 Head teacher Tony  Phillips said: “This is a wonderful project which raises children’s awareness of where their food comes from. The ‘fruits’ of the pupils’ labours will then be appreciated by all those who visit the Zoo over the summer. We are really proud of them all.”

 It is the sixth year that Bristol Zoo Gardens has run the competition in partnership with Bristol in Bloom.

 Bristol Zoo Gardens is a conservation and education charity and relies on the generous support of the public not only to fund its important work in the zoo, but also its vital conservation and research projects spanning five continents.