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Planting the Burrows

We held our community planting event yesterday up on the school field. Despite the grey clouds, we received fantastic support from staff, parents, children and also staff and ex-pupil volunteers from Stamford Welland Academy. The event was planned and co-ordinated by Mr John Burrows and our Y4 teacher, Mrs Alison Walker.

Everyone worked together to plant trees and shrubs in our fantastic new woodland area on the school field. Some of these trees were donated by the Woodland Trust a few years ago and have been kindly nurtured and looked after for us by John who is the head gardener at Burghley House. John transported the trees over to the school on Saturday. He  kindly offered to oversee our planting by lending his expertise and was also able to bring a very special oak tree for us to plant, grown from an acorn the Royal Estate in Windsor. We were also supported by some of John's colleagues from the Stamford Horticultural Society who also shared their expertise with us. 

Mr Burrows’ connection to our school is very strong.  His daughter Lucy is currently in Year 6 and his son James is in Year 3. His mother is Mrs Gill Burrows, who retired last year after 26 years as a classroom assistant and midday supervisor at our school. 

As three generations of the Burrows family have been heavily involved with life at the Bluecoat, for so many years, we felt it would be fitting to dedicate the newly created woodland to Mrs Gill Burrows, longstanding member of the Bluecoat staff, grandmother of Lucy and James in recognition of her long service to the school. We will be inviting her to formally declare the woodland open later in the year.

I was genuinely overwhelmed by the support and community spirit that was evident on Saturday during the planting of the trees. I would like to extend my sincere thanks to everyone who took part and in particular to John and Mrs Walker for their hard work and efforts in planning the event. Our new woodland area will be a wonderful addition to our school grounds for current pupils of the school and for many generations to come! We are looking forward to caring for the trees and watching them grow over the coming years.  



Posted by: on: 01/03/2015

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