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Capel Manor College in partnership with the Met Police have won a Silver Medal at this year’s RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.

Secured by Design Garden at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

The garden was designed by Foundation Degree students Lucy Glover and Jaqueline Poll after they won a competition sponsored by Secured by Design, the national police crime prevention initiative to create a safe, secure and sustainable urban garden.

Lucy Glover and Jaqueline Poll

The ‘Secured by Design‘ garden features a number of discreet crime prevention features to help keep your home and garden safe. These include prickly plants, security lights and gravel pathways amongst other things.

Alan Titchmarsh
Alan Titchmarsh visited the garden to meet the designers Jacqueline Poll and Lucy Glover.

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As part of the Conservation Biology unit, the 2nd year Animal Management and Zoology degree students have been developing their surveying methods conducting surveys on a range of species. Today they were assessing the invertebrate population using the ‘Bush Beating’ method! Fully equipped with beating trays, microscopes, identification sheets students were surveying all afternoon.

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Capel Manor College are delighted to achieve a prestigious Gold award for their unique ‘Fifty Shades of Gold’ exhibit and a Silver award for their ‘Wild Garden’ floral arch display at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

The ‘Fifty Shades of Gold’ exhibit was designed to celebrate Capel Manor College’s 50th Golden Anniversary, exploring the science behind the colour yellow, why it evolved in the plant world and what is means to gardeners and plant breeders. The exhibit tells the story of the science and natural history though 50 different plants with gold leaves or gold flowers that express some of the richness and variety of gold in the natural world and in our gardens.

National Garden Centre and Plant Sales Manager at Capel Manor College, Julie Dowbiggin, led a team of apprentices and gardeners to Gold with the beautiful and inspiring ‘Fifty Shades of Gold’ exhibit. Julie said: “Winning gold on our 50th year is wonderful, we’re thrilled! To showcase the College’s 50 year golden history, we decided to look at yellow plants and pigments in the plant kingdom. The exhibit has been well received by the show visitors as well as the judge and our exhibit is proving successful for the College with the potential recruitment of new students and new visitors to our lovely gardens in Enfield.”

In addition, Capel’s Level 4 Higher Diploma Floristry students received Silver in the RHS Chelsea Future Florist Competition, for their stunning ‘Wild Garden’ floral arch display. It is the first ever time the students had competed and they were asked to submit design ideas for this year’s show as part of an internal college competition. Their brief: to create a floral wedding arch for a spring wedding. The final design of a ‘Wild Garden’ arch was inspired by nature, using a woodland theme with blue, lilac, purple and white flowers and foliage.

Wild Garden floral arch display

Chair of the Capel Manor Governing Body, Roger McClure, explains: “Winning Gold and Silver awards at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is a significant achievement for Capel Manor College and a result of a long period of planning and hard work by a team of staff and students. I’d like to extend a special thank you to all those directly involved. As a College, we’re delighted to continue showcasing the incredible talent of our students at prestigious events such as the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.”

Principal, Malcolm Goodwin added: “This success is a credit to the whole College. The students and staff have put in an incredible amount of time, effort, passion and skill into their winning entries and richly deserve this recognition. It goes to show that embarking on a new career in Floristry, Horticulture or any of the subjects we teach can not only be rewarding but bring success at the highest levels.”

The ’Fifty Shades of Gold’ exhibit and ‘Wild Garden’ floral arch display will remain at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, until 26 May 2018.

If you can’t make the Chelsea event, you can visit Capel Manor Gardens in Bullsmoor Lane, Enfield where the College intends to create a permanent display garden based on the winning design for all to see as part of its 50th Golden Anniversary celebrations planned for later in the year.

For further information visit the College website www.capel.ac.uk or the Gardens website www.capelmanorgardens.co.uk

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Explorer Daniel Raven-Ellison has set off on a month’s trek across London’s 32 boroughs as part of a campaign to make the capital the world’s first National Park City started his mission in Enfield on Friday, 23 June.

Daniel is raising awareness to the campaign which aims to make London more green, boost its biodiversity, improve air quality and connect more children to nature.

Daniel met our Vice Principal Malcolm Goodwin along the route through Enfield and discussed ways in which they encouraged students to pursue careers around horticultural and arboriculture.

Daniel who taught Geography for seven years before becoming an explorer said whilst London’s green spaces had been improved more could be achieved.

Daniel Raven-Ellison with Enfield residents and campaigners for the National Park City – Alison Archer and Sue Davey
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