British School Of Sofia at Bio Garden “Vitosha”

Since 2014 Sofia has a Bio Garden, named “Vitosha”. The idea of this garden was born by the people who are living around. They decided to turn the dirty dump place in front of their residential into a small biodiversity garden. And, they did it.

Today it is a magic palace with a large variety of plants and trees. Also, many insects are living there. The people who care and support the garden invest much of their free time in the array of ecosystem services that critically contribute to human well-being. Among them are the living-organisms that occupy the surface of the Earth and form the biosphere.

Biological resources are the core element of economic development, medical discoveries and many contemporary challenges. For instance the improvement of Pharmaceutical industry, Biotechnology, Agriculture, Beverage industries, etc. are dependent on biodiversity. In this context the BSS students from KS1 visited the garden to investigate the process of plant-growing. This visit was part of their IPC class. After knowing how the plant reproduction starts, the children put in their flowers and let them become bigger and bloom faster.

In the meantime they were shown a lot of interesting things like how decayed organic material is used as a plant fertilizer, the compost heap, the process of natural rain watering, the creation of bird houses, as well as real insects` hotel-house and a bee hive. All this impressed the students much. They were given the chance to touch a real honeycomb and to see how the bees are organized inside. As a result they convinced themselves how important are the bees for humans.

As a result, in a good mood and with high spirit, the students did their work well. Now the garden has many new flowers. Soon we will go there again to check how they feel.

We felt amazing.