Botanical Gardens

The aim of the Botantical Gardens Project is:

  • Build on the success of students ‘In Bloom’ projects
  • Develop the grounds of the schools as a botanical garden
  • Enrich the learning environment for students and staff
  • Expand our business and community links.
  • Develop a collection of specialist gardens e.g.
    • The Ornamental Bandstand garden
    • The Kitchen garden
    • A Physic garden
    • A Rain garden
    • Woodland garden
    • Boreal Pine Plantation
  • Open the grounds to the public for special events

Time to say goodbye to cherry laurel

Work in progress by Gardening Matters, a collaboration between KEVI, volunteers and local businesses aiming to develop the school grounds into an attractive environment for school and local community. Parts of the grounds will be developed into open air classrooms for teaching biology.

Gardening Matters Event

Unfortunately the Gardening Matters event at Heighly Gate this Thursday has been postponed.

It will be rescheduled for the Spring and we’ll let you know the date as soon as possible.

Any tickets purchased will be valid for the new date. Alternatively, please return them to the point of purchase for a refund.

William Turner and new Science Garden

science Earlier this year two new science labs were built at KEVI and they look out onto the large mulberry tree that was donated as a cutting to George Chapman 30 years ago when he was researching Turner’s time at Syon House. George nurtured this cutting until it was established as a young tree and is now over 30ft tall.

The area around the tree is being developed into a Science Garden and the mulberry will be used as the introduction to Turner and his work. The idea is to grow some “Turner” plants and use them to lead into the medicinal uses of plants. Yew and periwinkle will be used to illustrate modern pharmacological uses of plants.

science2There was a long discussion about what to call the new labs and surrounding garden area and the name eventually agreed upon was the Mulberry Science Centre; a name that intrigued the students because they had no idea that the big tree was a mulberry.

The story, along with copies of Marie Addyman’s booklet about Turner created great interest so we asked artist David Hall for permission to use parts of his Turner artwork in the labs in order to provide an accessible reminder of the great man. He agreed, and we expect some of his superb drawings to adorn the walls of the new labs soon.


Work on the new garden is proceeding at a pace. The builders of the new labs, Brims, built a pond and a series of raised beds that are being use to demonstrate how plants are adapted to different environments. In the autumn, compost bins and decomposition experiments will be started and hopefully we will plant a small meadow area.

School Council Sunflowers Project

Picture1Who are we?

We are part of KSC and we are the Y9 year reps

What do we want to do?

We want to encourage the current Y8’s to join school council when they come to KEVI by promoting school council whilst they are still in middle school


By doing this, we will have a better chance of getting the future Y9’s more involved with the school council

Picture2How will we do this? (the plans)

We plan to give every Y8 student a sunflower seed to plant, they will grow them and on one of their transition days they will bring them up to KEVI. The seedlings will then be planted and when the future Y9’s come up to KEVI they will be able to see a sea of sunflowers.

What we’re hoping to achieve

We really want to show the Y8’s how many fun and interesting things we get involved in.


The Bandstand

The Bandstand was styled as a perennial meadow with ayered planting to attract the optimum level of biodiversity. Picture4


War Memorial Garden – WW1 Commemoration

In 1914 the cadets numbered about a hundred and  the call came for their help as messengers in the local mobilisation.

Between 1917 and 1918, they spent summer camps at Kirkwhelpington and Meldon, helping farmers at agricultural work and not particularly enjoying the thistle cutting!

By 1915 casualty lists came flooding in as the great battles began.Picture7

In one form of 30 boys, 20 did not return, and in all 59 Old Boys and one member of staff lost their lives, most of them having served in the infantry, 24 in the Northumberland Fusiliers.

In total, some 350 Old Boys served in WW1

With thanks to the Staff and Trainees at Azure for restoring this garden and for planting 2,000 spring time Scilla bulbs in the bank side next to the Wolfson Suite.Picture5     Picture6