Schoolchildren create a new edible garden

Children from a local primary school helped to create a special garden here at the Zoo – and everything in it can be eaten.

It was planted by youngsters from St John’s Primary School in Clifton who won a Bristol in Bloom competition to design an edible garden in the heart of the Zoo.

The pupils, aged between 5-10 years from the school, spent a couple of hours carefully digging in and watering around 150 different plants. They included varieties of lettuce as well as herbs, potatoes, onions, radishes and fruit bushes.

It is the ninth year that Bristol Zoo Gardens has been involved with the competition.

Dozens of schools across the Bristol area entered the competition but a design by nine-year- old Lily Tait Jones (pictured right), from St John’s Primary School Gardening Club, came out on top.

Eddie Mole, head of horticulture at Bristol Zoo Gardens, said: “Lily has done a really good design and has shown a lot of horticultural skill in what she has picked.”


Bristol Zoo Gardens maintains one of the South West’s most important plant collections. Trees, shrubs and plants from around the world can be found within the award-winning, 12-acre gardens, including outstanding herbaceous and annual displays, the monkey puzzle tree, tree ferns, Wollemi pine and the purple-berried flax lily.


St John’s Primary School head teacher, Mr Hoye, said: “We are delighted that the enthusiasm and skill of our children will be realised at Bristol Zoo, it is very exciting for all those involved.”


Monica Whyte, Bristol in Bloom administrator, said: “The plans we had were so diverse and interesting and from a wide variety of schools.”


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.


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