It was a great honour to formally open our Orchard last week in honour of dear Elisabeth, who was a pupil at Lambrook for four years and who sadly died of a rare form of brain cancer (DIPG) last November.
The Orchard has been a part of Lambrook’s estate for many years and most recently, was home to two donkeys who lived at the school for over 40 years. Since the departure of the donkeys, we have been able to develop this Orchard and not only plant further apple trees, but use the area to foster our bee keeping, environment initiatives and our new ‘Farming Activity’. The aim of this weekly Activity slot is to give pupils a taste for outdoor sustainable living, equip them with the practical skills that may need, and give them an understanding of the farming industry. They have already built raised beds from scratch ready to grow vegetables and have been busy building areas for both chickens and pigs to live in; we hope that our boarders will be collecting eggs for their breakfast soon!
Surrounding the Orchard is Lambrook’s new 250 tree woodland which was planted earlier this academic year by our Lambrook pupils, in association with the Woodland Trust. The whole school has certainly been on board with thinking about our local environment including some of our Design and Technology pupils who have been encouraging wildlife by designing, building and then installing Bug Hotels in our grounds.
Thanks to money raised through the LPTC, we are also going to be building an outdoor classroom and potting shed which will sit next to Elisabeth’s Orchard. This will offer a shelter and space for our outdoor learning, but will also be a place for quiet reflection and a special place to remember Elisabeth.
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