Schoolchildren create a new garden at Bristol Zoo 

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Students from Cleve House School created an entirely edible garden

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

It was planted by youngsters from Cleve House School in Knowle who won a Bristol in Bloom competition to design an edible garden in the heart of the zoo.

The pupils, aged between nine and 11, 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 eighth year that Bristol Zoo Gardens has been involved with the competition sponsored by natural feminine products firm Natracare based in Bradley Stoke.

Dozens of schools across the Bristol area entered the competition but a design by nine-year-old Ruby Fry from Cleve House School came out on top.

A design by fellow pupil Ellie Chard, who is 11, was voted best in her year group.

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

Cleve House school headmaster Craig Wardle said: “We have always been a great supporter of Bristol in Bloom. The children love growing and digging and it does them the world of good. They appreciate growing and learning about where food comes from and that it doesn’t just come from a supermarket shelf.”

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.

For more information about visiting Bristol Zoo Gardens, visit the website at or phone 0117 974 7300.



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