Mulberry tradition passes on

This week saw a significant moment for Hampton Pre-Prep & Prep School as a mulberry tree was planted to emphasise its affiliation with Hampton School.

The mulberry has featured prominently in eastern and western cultures for centuries and is recognised as ’the tree of life’ in Chinese legends. It has particular significance for Hamptonians of all ages on account of the iconic 87 year-old mulberry tree which stands the Cloisters area of the senior school site on Hanworth Road.

The planting of a mulberry sapling in the grounds of the new Hampton Prep School seemed an ideal way to enhance the links between the senior and prep schools. Hampton Headmaster, Mr Kevin Knibbs, was joined at the tree planting ceremony by the Prep Headmaster, Mr Tim Smith and a number of Governors. Hampton Prep Head Boy, Louis Simonds-Gooding, was also on hand to help with proceedings, ably assisted by Deputy Head Boys, Nicholas Allen and Michael Cole.