First Year Extension Programme students visit Kew Gardens on a fact-finding mission

First Year Extension Programme students visited Kew Gardens on Tuesday 12 March to learn about the adaptations of plants in different habitats, mainly in the rainforest.

First Year Harvey Smith has provided a short write up on the day's events:

"At the start of the trip we went on a short walk with a couple of the teachers there to talk about adaptations of plants. Sadly, it was raining, so we only got to spend a short amount of time outside collecting data on the humidity of the air and the moisture and temperature of the soil, before going inside and recording the same information but in rainforest conditions. During a talk on plants, we learnt about how growing fruit like pineapples can force other plants to be cut down so they can be planted, which is called plantation.

After the talk we went to the Hive – a very cool representation of the communication and lifestyle of bees. We then had lunch while the rain poured down before heading to the Princess of Wales Conservatory, which included many ‘sections’ which were all different biomes, with plants adapted to the specific biomes. There were even Poison Dart Frogs and turtles! 

We just want to say thank you so much to Mrs Napier and Mrs Mouawad for taking us on this eye-opening trip."

12 March 2019

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