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21 September 2017

King's Joins the Boarding Orchard

On Tuesday 19 September King’s joined the Boarding Schools Association’s international orchard when Robin Fletcher, the Chief Executive of the BSA visited the school to plant an apple tree.

The orchard was launched in 2014. King’s becomes the 124th school to join the scheme. Most of the participating schools are in the UK, but some are as far afield as the USA and Switzerland.

King’s contribution to the orchard is a Golden Delicious x Discovery “Scrumptious” apple tree, planted between the sports hall and the sustainability garden. The Starkspur Golden Delicious apple is carefully bred and selected for gardens. With bright red and thin-skinned fruit, and a juicy and sweet flavour, it’s said to be a firm favourite!

Mr Fletcher also enjoyed a tour of the King’s Sustainability Strategy (KSS) projects, shown around by senior pupils Lorcan Cudlip-Cook and Rudi Smith. The school has recently been awarded a coveted Green Flag in recognition of its work on sustainability.

The school Chaplain, Father Mark, blessed the tree, after which Mr Fletcher was taken on a tour of the school, including a number of new facilities, in particular the netball and tennis dome, the new drama studio and classroom and the new art studio.

BSA is a membership organisation which represents boarding schools both in the UK and overseas. It provides much-valued training, advice and representation for it members and an excellent annual conference for Heads. King’s is proud to be a member of the BSA and, now, to be a part of the Boarding Orchard.

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