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Nurturing our College Roots

01/04/2016
Tree donation from recent graduates of 2015, planted by alumni and friends from 1974

Tree donation from recent graduates of 2015, planted by alumni and friends from 1974

On the 28 March, five volunteers were on campus for the full week to help with maintaining the college grounds. Siân Jones, Sue Dean, Julie Jones and Helen Davies, all class of 1974 with friend Mary Beth Fitch (who is the mum of alumna Philippa Fitch, class of 2011), helped weed and plant in the Nelson Mandela and Val Duncan Gardens and maintain the Bradenstoke and Administration borders.

The main purpose of their visit to was plant four new Rowans, also known as mountain ash, a tree that is native to the UK and northern and western Europe.

There is a good value in these trees to wildlife and the leaves are eaten by caterpillars. The flowers provide pollen and nectar for bees and other pollinating insects, while the berries are a rich source of autumn food for birds, especially the blackbird, mistle thrush, redstart, redwing, song thrush, fieldfare and waxwing.

These four trees were donated by the class of 2015 to commemorate their graduation from the college.

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