The renowned school, located at Woolverstone Hall, has partnered with
Colchester-based construction company Hills Building Group, which is
responsible for the current refurbishment of their new boarding facilities and who has provided the school with 11,000 King Alfred daffodil bulbs from local supplier Thompson & Morgan.
From Wednesday 11 November, over 440 day and boarding pupils, from
the ages of five to 18, will be donning their wellington boots and grabbing a
trowel to plant the bulbs along the school’s 500-metre-long driveway, which
has been kindly prepared for planting by Vertas.
This avenue of yellow will be an impressive sight when it comes into bloom
in spring 2021 and will coincide with the completion of the final phase of The Dairy House, Ipswich High School’s boarding facility. With the first phase of the Grade II listed building’s restoration completed in September 2020, this second phase will comprise a part refurbishment of the
existing stables and outbuildings, together with a new, single-story extension.
Sympathetically restored, it will provide accommodation for an additional 39 boarders including ensuite facilities, as well as a kitchen, study rooms and a generous social space. Once completed, the boarding facility will be able to sleep a total of 59 boarders.
Mr Rob Hastings, Head of Sixth Form and Boarding at Ipswich High School,
said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for the school community to get together and undertake a project which will enhance our shared environment and provide a stunning spectacle for those in the local area.
“In the past, we have had a tradition whereby all new Year 7 pupils would plant a bulb along the driveway to welcome them into our school. It is wonderful to see this tradition reinstated again. In addition, our current boarders and those taking residence in the new section of The Dairy House will have an incredible view of the daffodils from the windows of our boarding house.”
Alice, Ipswich High School’s Eco Prefect, added: “As well as providing an
amazing sight when we arrive at school, the daffodils will also provide food
for pollinators, such as bees. Over the past few years, there has been a lot in
the news about the decline in the UK’s bee population. Without bees, we
might not have flowers, fruits, vegetables, and other plants. They play such
an important part in our world.”
Hills Building Group has been working on The Dairy House refurbishment
scheme since March 2019. Construction Director Jon Mann said of their
involvement in the project: “We have enjoyed working with Ipswich High
School in the construction of their boarding house and this is an excellent
way of marking that relationship. The refurbishment of The Dairy House has been an extremely interesting project to be involved with.
“It has involved the adaption of a listed building into high-quality accommodation and the construction of a new building to blend into the existing landscape and location. We are delighted to be working closely with the school and the professional team to achieve this fantastic facility in these challenging times.”