On Friday, I joined Ashley School for the opening of a new Surrey-species apple orchard. It is part of an environmental educational project to teach children about the food cycle and sustainable local environments. The school is the only place in the UK to have all 28 native Surrey apple varieties!
There will be a structured educational programme for the pupils, which will become part of their educational curriculum and will cover everything from the planting and nurturing the trees to harvesting, cooking and composting. The project has been backed by Fourfront Group, which has also helped the school plant soft fruit bushes and the purchase of 10,000 bees at the school.
Ashley School is a real pioneer in this area. I was amazed by what they are striving to achieve, and impressed with the curiousity and energy the project has infused in the children.
(Dom opens the new orchard pioneered by Ashley School and three local Dads Matthew, Darryl and Lee – with support from Ben Murray from Fourfront Group, Chris Collins from Blue Peter and Jackey Chave from RHS)
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