16th May 2016 — Prep 5 students attended a new educational art workshop programme at Knebworth House last week and were delighted to be asked to help in planting a very special tree in the gardens.
Their morning activities included gaining inspiration for a larger piece of work from the architecture and formal gardens of Knebworth House. This was followed by a practical exercise in creating large scale animated drawing made with their own charcoal.
At the end of the visit, the boys helped Head Gardener Adam Carveth and the owner of Knebworth House, Henry Lytton Cobbold to plant a rare Wollemi Pine tree in the famous Dinosaur Trail. Wollemia nobilis (Wollemi pine) has been dubbed a ‘living fossil’ as it represent the only remaining member of an ancient genus dating back to the time of the dinosaurs, over 65 million years ago. This fascinating tree was only discovered in 1994, causing great excitement in the botanical and horticultural world.
Mrs Burgon, ADT Subject Leader said ‘The pupils all enjoyed a unique and exciting workshop, all staff were extremely friendly and knowledgeable which made the day a memorable experience for all. We will definitely be back!'