College tree planting to mark its commitment

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A tree planted at Kent College Pembury aims to represent the school’s commitment to ‘outstanding boarding’ and the natural environment.

The cedar was planted as part of the Boarding Schools’ Association’s ‘plantation of trees’, which forms a nationwide ‘boarding orchard’.

A spokesman for Kent College said: “Boarding lies very much at the heart of Kent College and the tree planted today represents the school’s commitment to providing outstanding boarding within a supportive and inspiring community.

“We chose a cedar tree to celebrate the memories of some of our old girls who remember when the school grounds used to be adorned by a glorious cedar tree at the front of the school. Much to the dismay of the girls, the tree came down during the great storm of 1987.”

The tree was planted by Mark Robinson from the association with interim head Anthony Kirk-Burgess and senior boarding prefect Pim

The spokesman added: “Boarding schools across the UK join the orchard by planting trees in their grounds. The trees symbolise the ‘tree of knowledge’ and demonstrate each school’s commitment to growth and caring for the environment.”

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