Anderson Rowntree challenges Midhurst pupils to grow like their new oak tree

Partners Clive Rowntree, Bridget Davies and Solicitor Sarah Rowden were delighted to present an oak tree to Midhurst CofE Primary School on 14th October, together with a donation to the school for much needed sports equipment.

A pupil from each of the 8 classes was chosen to be part of the tree planting ceremony to commemorate the start of a long and fruitful life at the school.  We led an assembly about oak trees, their longevity, what they have seen through history and discussing what they could witness in the future.  

“We have been delighted to have the support of the team from Anderson Rowntree Solicitors in Midhurst” said Sally Clarke, Headteacher at Midhurst CofE Primary School.” Through the PTA we reached out earlier in the year for support with the summer fair and their ongoing help has been excellent. The tree will be a powerful symbol to the children to ‘Dream Big’ and to challenge themselves to reach their goals and ambitions, whatever they may be and however big they are.

We hope the tree will be enjoyed by many future generations here at the school. It will also provide some welcome shade in the years to come on sports days and events. The children and teaching staff will be keeping a close eye on it to make sure if flourishes.”

We are also very grateful for the financial donation Anderson Rowntree is making to the school. This will be put to very good use for sports equipment for the children. Our already successful football team will be pleased to get some new kit to continue their winning ways.”

The firm also donated each class a collection of seeds to plant in raised beds in front of the school’s new classrooms, close to the sports field where the oak tree stands.

“Next year, the school will be thinking about creative ideas around the themes of “fire” and “ice”, so we thought it would be a good idea to plant flowers in groupings of reds, oranges and yellows for fire; blue, white and purple for ice.” Explained Mrs Clarke. “It will make our new buildings look splendid next spring and summer.”

"We wanted to convey to the children what the oak tree stands for “said Clive Rowntree, “It is such a visible part of our landscape and at the heart of our firm’s logo.  It symbolises long lasting support and strength and underlines how long our firm has been in the community too.

“We challenged them to think about what this oak tree may see into the next 200 years. The children were wonderful – full of energy and ideas. It was great to hear their ideas and the whole occasion was very enjoyable.”