LRGS grows as school joins national orchard scheme

Robin Fletcher (centre), director of the BSA, is pictured outside School House with LRGS headmaster Dr Chris Pyle, housemasters and pupils from the four boarding houses, and Tricia Heaton, boarding marketing officer.
Robin Fletcher (centre), director of the BSA, is pictured outside School House with LRGS headmaster Dr Chris Pyle, housemasters and pupils from the four boarding houses, and Tricia Heaton, boarding marketing officer.

Lancaster Royal Grammar School is one of the latest schools to join the Boarding Orchard, a nationwide project run by the Boarding Schools’ Association.

LRGS welcomed BSA national director Robin Fletcher to the school to plant the first tree in the grounds of School House, home to some of the school’s senior boarders.

Thanks to a £250 grant from the Green Partnership Awards (GPA), which supports environmental projects in Lancashire, LRGS planted 16 trees, extending the orchard across all four boarding houses. Having sought advice from the South Lakes Orchard Group on what varieties would grow best in the different locations, they chose traditional local varieties, in particular Conference Pear, Victoria Plum, Discovery Apple and Duke of Devonshire Apple.

Head Dr Chris Pyle said: “We are delighted to be part of the Boarding Orchard, along with other schools across the UK. The trees will benefit our school in both practical and aesthetic ways. More than that, these new fruit trees are also a symbol of our nurturing intentions as a school.”

GPA is a partnership between Lancashire County Council, South Ribble Partnership, Newground, BAE Systems and local councils.