This tree becomes one in a vast ‘Boarding Orchard’, which was launched by the BSA in 2014. It aims to be largest orchard, by distance, in the UK and involves boarding schools joining the orchard by planting fruit trees in their grounds.
The trees symbolise the ‘tree of knowledge’ and demonstrate each school’s commitment to growth and caring for the environment. Since its launch, schools across the UK have joined the Boarding Orchard, and trees have also been planted at boarding schools in Switzerland and the USA.
Our new cherry tree is the 785th tree on the Shrewsbury School Site, very similar to the number of pupils on roll. Everyone who lives and works at The Schools is acutely aware of, and grateful for, the natural beauty of our campus. The village green loveliness of our setting is in no small way enhanced by the numerous stunning and venerable trees that populate Kingsland. And, just like each individual tree that lays down its roots in the Salopian earth, so it is that the girls and boys under our care take root here and are valued and nurtured in their personal growth.
In a time when Climate Change is at the forefront of young people’s minds, we are delighted to add to the green and diverse tree cover we have here at Shrewsbury School, as a commitment to our environmental values. Inspired by their surroundings here at the school and by the example of 16-year-old Greta Thunberg, pupils are keen to drive change themselves. They have recently carried out an audit of sustainable products in our School Shop, focusing on products containing palm oil.
The environment belongs to the next generation. We are simply custodians of it.
Deputy Head (Pastoral)