Falconer School is an SEBD school situated in Bushey, which is just north of London.
SEBD means that at times, students need help with social skills, achieving emotional harmony and overcoming behavioural challenges.
Overwhelmingly, Falconer students are young men who, despite their challenges, are striving to find a place of productivity, happiness and dignity in the world. In the spring of 2013, we won Best in Show at RHS Wisley for a garden we created. It was called 'Fortress Falconer' and was designed to protect and serve local wildlife. Particularly bees and butterflies. Building off of this success, we are determined to do our bit to provide a home for nature here at Falconer School.
As much as our surrounding wildlife would benefit from an orchard on the school grounds, the students and staff would be enriched in equal measure. We know the thick, earned pleasure one feels after a day of hard work in the school garden. We laugh and talk and eat fresh vegetables. We catch frogs and watch the seasons and feed the birds. We learn about science and maths and art whilst outdoors.
Having an orchard on site would be wonderful for many reasons. The boys who live in the residential unit will be able to see the trees growing through their windows. They will provide homes and shelter for the birds. We will enjoy the blossom in the spring. We'll make pies and cakes from the fruit in the kitchen in the summer and autumn. We'll enjoy eating and sharing the food we preserved in jars over the winter. It will be a place with seats and benches for students to think and feel the peace that only trees and birdsong can deliver.
For every pound up to twenty, you are willing to help us buy these fruit trees, the boys in the residential unit here at Falconer School will create for you a bespoke and glittering and very festive Blank Christmas Card....
5 pound gets you five--Ten£--10--etc.
Any more than that--up to twenty five, you'll get a delightful birdhouse made out of recycled wooden pallets. VERY homely and delightful for the birds.
Any more than that would be cheeky of me to ask..
of both you and the students.
We need you to help us raise £250 which will enable our school to have a pack of 20 fruit trees, which we can plant in our school grounds and teach all our pupils the importance of growing our own produce.
It only takes ten people to pledge on the Abel and Cole veg box to get us to our target and recieve trees to plant in the school. We can do this!
We believe this project is so beneficial to all our pupils, we will be able to educate on sustainable and local produce and by planting our own trees we will be able to do this with our very own produce. Just one pack will provide us with 20 fruit trees including 10 apple, five pear, three plum, one quince and one medlar. All trees are kindly donated by Otter Farm. The fruit trees are two years old and will fruit next year.
Our campaign is supported by Abel and Cole, The Woodland Trust and River Cottage, who are both kindly donating some amazing rewards.
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall said: “I find the idea that the next generation could be growing more fruit, eating more fruit and cooking their fruit in a much more creative way incredibly exciting. I want to do what we can to make that happen.”
With your help we can get all our pupils involved with a great project and show them how much benefit five trees can make to our school. We can use the fruit in our canteen and allow children to eat it during the school day. This also promotes healthy eating.
Please support us and help our school start a sustainable project with real educational benefit. All our trees are supplied by Otter Farm.
If we exceed our target, we will use all the extra funds for enviromental projects going on at the school, minus the 5% crowdfunder admin fee.