Downe House joins the BSA Boarding Orchard
As part of the BSA Boarding Orchard initiative to plant the largest orchard in the UK, Downe House welcomed Robin Fletcher, Chief Executive of the BSA for the official ceremony to plant a tree at the school.
At the official planting ceremony, Mr Fletcher was joined by Headmistress, Mrs Emma McKendrick, Mrs Genevieve Ford, Boarding Deputy Head, Mrs Michelle Scott, Assistant Head (Foundation), Mrs Areti Bizior, Deputy Headmistress, Mrs Laura Ogilvie-Jones, Director of Admissions and Ms Kate Raines, Communications Manager as well as a group of Lower School pupils. Together, they planted a beautiful cherry blossom tree outside the front entrance of the newest boarding house for Lower School pupils, Hermitage House, which was opened in September 2016. During his visit, Mr Fletcher toured the Lower School boarding houses and then enjoyed a delicious lunch with staff and pupils.
Mr Fletcher said, “It is my pleasure to welcome Downe House to the BSA Boarding Orchard and to thank you all for coming along today to mark the occasion. All the trees planted as part of the orchard symbolise the ‘tree of knowledge’ and demonstrate every school’s commitment to growth and caring for the environment. I hope that the Hermitage House pupils and staff will enjoy the magnificent pink blossom every Spring for years to come.”