30th Jun, 2022

Lord Mayor of Coventry officially unveils Hereward College's new community orchard

YOUNG people at Hereward College welcomed the Lord Mayor of Coventry, Coun John McNicholas, for the official unveiling of a new community orchard.

Lord Mayor John McNicholas opens the orchard at Hereward College. Picture by Marcus Mingins 1422017MMR3 copyright Bullivant Media

Students aged between 18 and 25 have planted out the trees and Coun McNicholas made a speech before cutting the ribbon with Fizza to unveil the space.

The Lord Mayor also visited Mojo’s – the on-site cafe – where students told him all about it and he discussed politics with Josh in the library.

A light show was staged in the art studio with students telling Coun McNicholas about their recent performances in the community, including Critical Mass 2022.

Caroline Reid, from the college, said: “Many students at Hereward College have difficulties with speech and difficulties speaking to people they do not know but this event inspired many of them push themselves out of their comfort zones and rise to the challenge of escorting the Lord Mayor and the VIP party around the campus.”

Lord Mayor John McNicholas opens the orchard at Hereward College. Picture by Marcus Mingins 1422017MMR2 copyright Bullivant Media

The visit concluded with visits to the foundation classroom, past the physio department and into The Lodge where students had organised light refreshments, including tea, biscuits and cake.

The Lord Mayor spoke at length with the students about sport and the Lady Mayoress.

David and Jamie were delighted after being given the chance to sit at the wheel of the Lord Mayor’s Jaguar before a group photo was taken to record the visit.

Principal Paul Cook said: “The students had a profound learning experience which they would never forget.

“A great day was had by everyone at Hereward College – many thanks to the Lord Mayor for his time and his most wonderful presence.”

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