Tree Planting at Shapwick School
Mr Peter Steer, one of our Houseparents, was inspired by the tress that adorn the front of Shapwick Manor. Following some measuring he estimated that the trees are over 200 years old and this prompted some research. Who was responsible for planting the trees?
Going back to the 1700s, Shapwick Manor was called Down House and was owned by a man called Denys Rolle. The Manor itself dates back to 1475 - it was originally moated but the moat was filled in during some re-building in the first quarter of the 17th Century. Mr Denys Rolle was the biggest landowner in Devon and back in 1700 the land and buildings generated a revenue of £40,000 for his estate. That is equivalent to £4.5 million today.
So Denys Rolle could have been responsible for planting our magnificent trees.
In recognition of this, Mr Steer purchased a Red Maple tree and the students helped to plant it in the grounds as a memory of their time in Shapwick School. A time capsule was also buried containing artefacts relating to school life in Shapwick School 2017.
What will people say about us in 200 years time?