Jill Dando Apple trees planted at brilliant primary school

By Jill Dando News

The brilliant Ashcombe Primary School in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset is the latest school to plant Jill Dando apple trees. 

Nearly 50 apple trees are being planted at schools across Weston-super-Mare and Somerset in memory of the former Worle Community School Academy (WCSA) student.

“With all the bad news going on, the Jill Dando apple trees are a symbol that there is so much more good news out there. Our schools are full of stories of kindness and hope.”

Ashcombe Headteacher John Clark

Children and adults are encouraged to think of Jill Dando and to be kind to others every time they see a tree. 

Tv gardener Alan Titchmarsh was involved in the initial discussions about what trees to plant, and Sanders Garden Centre generously offered to provide 50 to schools.

Headteacher John Clark said: “With all the bad news going on, the Jill Dando apple trees are a symbol that there is so much more good news out there. Our schools are full of stories of kindness and hope.”

Jill was murdered in 1999 and in 2017 WCSA set up a Jill Dando News Centre which has since expanded to eight schools with scores of student reporters all finding and writing good news.

In the photo, Jill‘s brother Nigel, left, is pictured with staff and students of Ashcombe, and WCSA Principal Jacqui Scott.

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