Talbot Heath school were delighted to welcome the Boarding School Association director, Robin Fletcher, who visited to plant a tree as part of the National Boarding Orchard event. Members of St Mary's boarding house; deputy head, Mrs Stone; Angharad Holloway, the Head, and Chairman of the Board of Governors, Mr Exon were present at the ceremony. The tree was planted in front of the school building near to the Garden of Memory and amongst significant trees planted in memory of former staff.
The Boarding Orchard was launched by the BSA in 2014. It aims to be the 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 the 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.