Web-Design Students Flower with Garden Project

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Green-fingered pupils at Maesgwyn Special School in Aberdare can now see the fruits of their labour on their new 'School Grounds' web site, thanks to the design skills of a student from Uwic.

The school has put a huge amount of effort into developing its grounds, creating different garden habitats and planting areas, and pupils are encouraged to attend an after- school gardening club.

Second-year BA (Hons) Graphic Communication students from the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, were invited to work with the school to design a website, which explores the school grounds, garden and woodland areas and provides information on the plants, insects and animals within the specific areas.

Maesgwyn pupils supplied all the images, drawings, photos and text for the site, which acts as a tool for learning about the environment and provides information to visitors about what they have achieved.

Pupils and staff at the school were then given the challenging task of choosing a winner from the final 50 student designs, and the winning web site at www.maesgwynschool.co.uk/ (select 'Protectors of the Planet' and then 'School Grounds') was

created by 21-year-old Rebecca Clark.

Ms Clark, from Roath in Cardiff, said, 'I was surprised and delighted to discover that the pupils of Maesgwyn had chosen my design as the website for their school grounds. …