The first fruit and nut trees, the prize for each school who submitted a project into the Henley Schools Environmental Science Competition in the summer have been planted.
We went along to Badgemore School to see their walnut tree they chose that has been planted in their new outdoor learning area on the former Preschool building site in the school grounds.
Patrick Fleming from Henley in Transition who run the competition said, “Rupert House have planted their two fruit trees. Badgemore are the only school to chose a nut tree but they’ve got plenty of room for it to grow here. The standard of the competition entries was so good we didn’t want to disappoint a lot of the kids so we came up with the tree prize for each team which fits in perfectly with transition and being sustainable and resilient.”
Tuc Ahmed, Badgemore School Governor who has been championing the outdoor learning at the school said, “We’ve got lots of plans for the new outdoor learning area. We have architecture department students from Reading University coming in this afternoon to talk to the school council about designing the new area. We were delighted to be offered a brand new greenhouse which was given to the Grey’s Court by a benefactor which they couldn’t use and the benefactor was asked if it could be donated to the school. Big thanks to Dave Eggleton who managed to move it here for us. Everything we do here is a community effort so we save money.”
Headteacher Marion Arnold said, “The tree is going to be fantastic and is the first thing in our outdoor area which will hopefully be ready by next summer. The tree will be there for a long time and will see many children go through the school.”
St Mary’s School are planning to plant their fruit trees at Holy Trinity Church in Greys Hill next week.