Marking Earth Day 2022 at King’s Hawford, pupils were delighted to welcome Mark McCormack, Head Gardener from Michelin-starred Pensons Restaurant. Mark is an award-winning gardener, with Pensons being one of just 31 restaurants in the country to boast a Michelin green star for sustainability, in addition to their red star for fine-dining.
Beginning his visit to King’s Hawford with a whole school assembly, Mark both engaged and inspired our pupils to think about the environment around them and how they can all play a role in “treading a little lighter on the environment around them”. Mark shared some of his sustainability ideas, from ensuring soil health for a thriving eco-friendly garden to water harvesting and reducing waste – many ideas that our pupils are keen to put into practice on our beautiful King’s Hawford campus.
Following the informative and inspiring assembly, pupils were super keen to put their green fingers to use, and so that is exactly what they did! Throughout the day, various different groups of pupils, supported by Mark, set about establishing a brand new biodiversity garden – preparing the soil, planting a variety of plants and seeds which Mark brought along with him, and ensuring that they had the correct conditions to thrive! We are sure our garden will be extremely well looked after by the pupils and look forward to tracking its progress over the coming weeks.
Commenting on his visit to King’s Hawford, Mark said, “It was a joy to visit King’s Hawford and help the children plant their new biodiversity garden. At Pensons, we work hard to be as sustainable as possible, and it’s wonderful to see that pupils at King’s Hawford doing their bit for the environment.”
We extend a massive thank you to Mark for his time and enthusiasm in inspiring our pupils and making Earth Day a day to remember. We hope that he returns for a visit to our biodiversity garden in the not too distant future.