Boarding schools in the UK, USA and Switzerland have come together to support the planet by planting an international orchard.
Last autumn the Boarding Schools’ Association launched the Boarding Orchard, with the aim of creating the largest orchard in the UK by distance. Now more than 25 British boarding schools have now joined the scheme plus boarding schools in Switzerland the United States.
The first school to join was Llandovery College in Wales and the most recent in the UK was Sexey’s School in Bruton, Somerset.
Rockport College near Belfast and Gordonstaun School in Scotland both joined the Orchard last month, and Steyning Grammar School in Sussex and Wellesley House School in Broadstairs, Kent, are the most southerly and easterly members in England.
Aiglon College in Switzerland, a BSA associate member, joined the Orchard before Christmas and last month Chinquapin Preparatory School in Texas became an honorary member too.
BSA National Director Robin Fletcher said the Orchard was a way of bringing together members of the boarding schools family together and supporting the environment, and each new planting represented the tree of knowledge.
“It’s brilliant to see how well boarding schools have responded to this simple idea,” said Robin. “Dozens of pupils have taken part and over 50 individual trees have been planted, including apple, cherry, nectarine, fig and plum trees.
“It’s really thrilling to know that we have members of the Boarding Orchard as far south as Texas in the USA, right in the very north of Scotland too and in Switzerland in the heart of Europe. All the nations of the UK are now represented in the Boarding Orchard and many more boarding schools are planning to join over the next few months.”
The idea is to create the UK’s largest orchard by distance through member schools each planting one (or more) fruit trees. The trees symbolise the ‘tree of knowledge’ and demonstrate each school’s commitment to growth and caring for the environment and sustainability.