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The Archbishop's Tree

The PA have kindly organised for a tree to be planted in the grounds in memory of the original Archbishop's tree..

The Archbishop's Tree (mark 2)
The Archbishop's Tree (mark 2)

Back in the summer of 2017 The Parents'Association asked for some ideas for a PA project, something a bit different that would be a permanent legacy to the school. Berwick Coates, the School Archivist, came up with the perfect suggestion.

“For many years, in the quad, there stood a large tree, known as The Archbishop’s Tree, because it had been planted in 1863 when the Archbishop himself visited to present the prizes for Speech Day!” The school was 5 years old, had 60 pupils and got The Archbishop of Canterbury!!

A circle of seats was constructed around the tree and it became a favourite place for pupils to sit. Sadly it eventually fell victim to development. Berwick suggested that we plant another tree, with a bench seat, for pupils to sit and enjoy for generations to come and to tell the story of the first Archbishop’s Tree. A permanent memorial to a piece of early school history.

Over 3 years later and we have finally planted the new tree. It stands in front of the 150 building and when it is big enough a seat will be built around it. Hopefully later in the year we will be able to have a ceremony (if anyone knows the current Archbishop??) to celebrate our new tree. Thank you to Mike Newby our Assistant Bursar and the grounds staff for organising the planting.

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