STUDENTS and staff in Wendreda House, one of our Senior Girls’ Boarding Houses, have created a new fruit, vegetable and herb garden in memory of their beloved Matron, Liz Firek.

We were delighted to welcome Liz’s husband, Michael, and son, also Michael, into school to formally open the new garden and to plant a pear tree in Liz’s memory.

Liz was one of our original House Matrons, joining King’s in October 2004. She was Matron of School House and then moved to Wendreda House as Matron a couple of years ago. Liz passed away from Covid-19 in January this year, which left our school community devastated.

Liz was planning on creating a vegetable garden at Wendreda House before she passed away, so with the support of our Grounds and Gardens Team, Laura Dixon-Smith, Housemistress of Wendreda, her team of staff and the girls themselves have made it their mission to do just that.

The sun shone beautifully as Liz’s husband and son planted the pear tree, opened the garden, met many of Liz’s friends and colleagues in a socially distanced manner, and ‘opened’ two memorial benches that we have had made for Wendreda House and School House.

Liz will be remembered fondly by many generations of King’s pupils, staff and families, and Wendreda House are taking great pride in caring for their fruit, vegetables and herbs. There are even plans to sell surplus produce in the autumn to raise funds for school charities!

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