Rose Hill Westonbirt Pupils shine on Cotswold TV!
On 18th April, five Rose Hill Westonbirt pupils had the privilege of marking a milestone countdown to the London Olympics this summer.
The founding father of the modern Games was remembered in the Cotswolds on what was the 100th day before the tournament in the capital. Our pupils gathered at Westonbirt Arboretum along with forestry officials to plant a special tree, which has links to the sporting legend Pierre de Coubertin. One of 40 Coubertin Oaks was placed at a spot near the Arboretum's proposed new welcome building.
The tree has been grown from an acorn from a single oak planted in Much Wenlock, in Herefordshire when Pierre de Coubertin visited there in 1890. These oaks will form a ribbon of trees from Much Wenlock itself to the Olympic Park. Westonbirt's director Simon Toomer said: "It's a real honour for Westonbirt to be chosen as a site for one of the Coubertin Oaks. The tree will provide a lasting reminder of the 2012 Olympics."
The pupils, who planted the tree with great enthusiasm, will all be able to re-visit 'their' tree in years to come and watch it grow. The event also ties in well with the school's participation in the Get Set programme for the Olympics. Well done to all involved!
Please click here to watch Cotswold TV's coverage of the planting.
Please click here to visit the Forestry Commission's website and view the story.
Rose Hill Westonbirt Pupils with L to R: Tony Kirkham (Kew Gardens)
Simon Toomer (Westonbirt Arboretum) Roy Lancaster (Broadcaster) and
Pam Warhurst (Forestry Commission Chair)