My year at Vea 

Nadja Otervik is one of the pupils in the floristryclass at Vea. This is her story about her school year at Vea

The ice that laid at Mjøsa has melted. The snow that laid like a blanket over Moelv is gone. The bees have come back. Mjøsa is warm enough to bathe in for hours. The sun is shining. Flowers are blooming like crazy, both wild and in care by Vea and the temperature is rising with the winds drifting from Africa. The year at Vea is soon over, a beautiful adventure.

The day I arrived at Vea with my parents at the move in day we met an ocean of flowers. I understood at that moment that this would be a good year. I met many wonderful people; my class, my teachers, at my internship at Blomsterstua, and other students at Vea.

The school has bicycles that the student can borrow. We have used them a lot to go to Moelv for food and for other trips around the area. We have a boathouse with a boat that we have used a lot on the warmer days, and it is nice to take a bath by the boathouse as well. Many good memories have been made on the bicycle rides, boat trips and swimming sessions.

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Vea er koordinator for dette treårige Erasmus+ prosjektet, hvor Historiske gartnerfag – en av Veas høyere yrkesfaglige utdanninger – er utgangspunktet.  Det er nå gjennomført tre webinarer med stor oppslutning og høy kvalitet på foredragene. Det er også stor interesse for årets praktiske workshoper: på Vea i mai, Gunnebo Slott og Trädgårdar i juni, og Audley End House and Garden i august. På prosjektets hjemmeside ( deler vi videoer og bilder fra aktivitetene fremover.
Lawns in historic gardens are rarely seen as of cultural or historical value. In fact they can often harbour rich seedbanks valuable for biodiversity whilst expressing the more intangible heritage of the traditional craft skills required to maintain them. Both physical and cultural aspects will therefore be considered alongside the environmental imperative to try to counter climate change.
For four weeks we have hosted two students from one of our partner schools in the Netherlands.
Three pupils from Secondary Vocational School Pruské, Slovakia, spent three weeks at Vea, in Norway, in the frame of Exchange Mobility Erasmus+.