Since September 2016 Maplesden has been working on raising funds to create a garden in memory of Charlie Girling who tragically died on 24th July 2016.
The School council has been heavily involved in organising fundraising activities and has made successful bids to Tesco Bags of Help (£5,000) and Golding Homes Community Chest Fund (£1,000), plus received a donation from the charity football match held at the Gallagher Stadium on 2nd December 2016.
The location of the garden has been moved from its original planned site as the underground drainage from the Sports Hall created too many construction problems. The new location is behind the 3G pitches overlooking the sports fields and the Medway Valley and has allowed more space and more tree planting to be possible.
On 7th June 2017 the School Council helped lay the first sleepers used to create the border.
The School Council have applied to the Woodland Trust for four free packs of different trees and hedging (270 saplings in total) which will be used to provide shading and shelter to the garden when they grow. A magnificent Liquidambar styraciflua ‘Worplesdon’ Tree, better known as a sweet gum or alligator tree has been ordered as the central focal point of the garden. It has star shaped lobed foliage often mistaken for a Maple which is glossy green throughout the spring and summer before a display of autumn colour that begins with yellow and orange, developing to vibrant claret red.
Mr Hartup and Mr Griffiths from the Site Team will be working on the garden over the summer break and it will be ready for use when the students return in September 2017.