Greenhouse for life...

KEEN Chris Jenkins from the Woodland Collective with pupils James Adie, left, and Tahir Kanani, both 12, in the new organic greenhouse at St Edmund's School in Portsmouth.     Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (111212-2)
KEEN Chris Jenkins from the Woodland Collective with pupils James Adie, left, and Tahir Kanani, both 12, in the new organic greenhouse at St Edmund's School in Portsmouth. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (111212-2)

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STUDENTS at St Edmund’s Catholic School have built their own greenhouse – out of willows and hazel.

The unusual structure took four and a half days to make, with the help of a team from the University of Portsmouth.

The greenhouse is made out of hazel, which provides a strong frame, and willow which is woven inside and has a plastic sheet all around.

As the willow grows, it will provide a natural screen for the plants growing inside in the hot summer months.

Charlotte Taylor, director of specialism, said: ‘The level of enthusiasm of the students has been fantastic.

‘Considering we don’t teach woodwork it’s impressive to see what a good job they did.

‘The great thing about this greenhouse is that it will feed into lots of different subjects like home economics, science and even art for still life.’