Downside Tree Week is an opportunity for the Wider Community to come together to grow Downside’s future. From Monday 28th March to Friday 1st April pupils, parents, staff, Old Gregorians and our wider community will be invited to join us to ‘plant a tree, build a future’.

The saplings are all UK grown and sourced, and have been carefully chosen by the Trust for maximum benefit to wildlife and for year-round colour. They include oak, hazel, hawthorn, blackthorn, wild cherry, rowan, dogwood and silver birch. We hope that the new Downside hedgerow will enhance the local habitat by increasing biodiversity and we look forward to monitoring the changes as the saplings grow and the hedge becomes established.

As Old Gregorians and member of the Downside Association, we would like to invite you and your family to attend Tree Week to plant your very own tree on Thursday 31st March and Friday 1st April. After planting your sapling, you can walk with Merille Ryder, our Senior Science Technician, and take a meandering stroll through the Downside School grounds to visit some of the notable trees on site and share some anecdotes relating to them (weather dependent). Starting from the newly planted native hedgerow and concluding at the beautiful Cedar tree at the entrance to the School. Your walk will come to a conclusion in the Aylward Room, formerly the Old Surgery in the Old House, where Archives hope to prepare some artefacts from Downside’s vast landscape.

If you would like to attend and plant your own sapling, please register below for any of our four available slots across the week. We would encourage all those attending to bring their own gloves and trowel. Sessions available include: Thursday 31st March at 1.30pm – 3.00pm or 3.00pm – 4.30pm and Friday 1st April at 1.30pm – 3.00pm or 3.00pm – 4.30pm.

With the help of our generous Wider Community, we hope to be able to plant over 1000 saplings in one week. Should you be in a position to support Downside’s Tree Week and help us to Grow Our Future with the planting of this new hedgerow, there is an option to add a donation when booking your session. If you are unable to attend in person, but would still like to support this cause, please click here to donate

All donations will be put towards the purchase of each sapling, and the equipment to allow our community and current pupils to get involved. We would like to thank you in advance for your kindness and generosity at this time.