UWC Atlantic College was delighted to become the latest school to participate in the Boarding Schools’ Association (BSA) ‘Boarding Orchard’ scheme, when it welcomed National Director Robin Fletcher on Thursday 12 November 2015 on campus.
The Boarding Orchard 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 launch, schools across the UK - including Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland - have joined The Boarding Orchard, and trees have also been planted at boarding schools in Switzerland and the USA.
Robin was joined by Caretaker Principal Gerry Holden and a number of students to plant an apple tree in the college’s orchard. Also present was teacher Adrian Disney, who teaches in the Environmental Faculty. The Environmental Faculty takes a challenging and interactive approach to learning that inspires and equips students to work towards a more sustainable future. Students help cultivate a large kitchen garden on the campus and maintain the college farm and the heritage coastline.
Robin Fletcher said, ‘It was a pleasure to come to UWC Atlantic College to meet the students and help plant the tree.’
The orchard will not be the end; a cookbook is set to follow, once the trees have had a chance to flourish and bloom. The BSA will be visiting participating schools to collect different recipes that have been trialled using the fruits of the trees planted.