Plant of the Day

Wednesday 8 March 2017

The Acacia dealbata (mimosa) were in full flower when students and staff visited the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London. These evergreen trees or large shrubs have finely divided grey-green leaves and in early spring are covered with fragrant yellow flowerheads, borne in terminal clusters. Thanks to the Park for such a great tour with Ryan Mills, an alumnus of Writtle, and great plant knowledge from Andy, an alumnus of the Royal Horticultural Society Garden Wisley.

Jill Raggett

Upcoming Engagements Update!

 There are six confirmed official engagements for Catherine:

  • February 5th: The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry will attend a training day at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park with those running for Heads Together in the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon.
    • TRH will see how these runners will positively impact on the “Mental Health Marathon” by Heads Together.
  • February 6th: The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge will attend the Place2Be Big Assembly with Heads Together at Mitchell Brook Primary School for Children’s Mental Health Week 2017. During the Big Assembly, Their Royal Highnesses will:
    • Meet with staff and students.
    • Present the first “Place2Be Kindness Cup” to the student who has displayed the most kindness to their community.
  • February 6th: The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge will attend the Guild of Health Writers UK Conference with Heads Together.
  • February 12th: The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge will attend the BAFTA Film Awards Ceremony at The Royal Albert Hall.
  • February 14th: The Duchess of Cambridge will visit the RAF Air Cadets in Cambridgeshire.
  • March 9th: The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry will join other members of the Royal Family to attend the unveiling of the Iraq Afghanistan Memorial.

Keep checking back at our site to keep yourself updated on all of Catherine’s upcoming engagements!


Plant of the Day

Friday 12 February 2016

A contemporary interpretation of a grove - here Prunus serrula (Tibetan cherry) welcomed us to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, where the bark of these beautiful trees shone in the winter sunshine. This small deciduous tree has narrow leaves which turn yellow in the autumn and clusters of white flowers in the spring, but the rich shiny bark is the all year round feature. Some of the students and staff of the landscape architecture and garden design courses were treated to a master class in creating a modern park for the 21st Century by Dr Phil Askew, who has seen the park from a successful games through into an ongoing and meaningful legacy.

Jill Raggett