On a bright January day, The Head, Mrs Kerr-Dineen joined Mr Robin Fletcher, Chief Executive of the Boarding School Association (BSA), to plant the 150th tree of the Boarding Orchard.

The Boarding Orchard was launched by the BSA in 2014, and aims to create the largest orchard, by distance, in the UK. Boarding schools across the country have been planting trees in their grounds to symbolise the tree of knowledge, and to demonstrate each school’s commitment to growth and caring for the environment.

Mr Fletcher planted a Liquidamber, sweet gum ‘Lane Roberts’, at the edge of Home Close on Glapthorn Road. The tree will one day provide shade to pupils under vivid red maple-like leaves.

For the Head, planting the 150th tree in the Boarding Orchard represented a full circle; the very first tree planted was a cherry tree at her own childhood school in Sussex.