Celebrating 40 Years Pohutakawa Planting

Last week, with Isabelle and Courage, I helped to plant a Pohutukawa tree to celebrate Shelly Park School’s 40th birthday.

Sean the caretaker, my dad and Mr. Rolfe dug a big hole which had to be 800mm wide and 800mm deep so that the tree had enough room.  Jane the garden lady told us a lot about which compost to use to mix with the soil that we had dug out, and also to put rocks and a pipe in the hole to help with drainage.  The hardest thing was keeping the tree straight whilst we filled in the hole so Mr. Rolfe held it up whilst we piled the soil in.  When we had filled in the hole we stomped on the soil to press it down and then added some mulch on the top that would send food to the tree.

The worst thing was that we added fish fertiliser on the top which Jane said would be really good for the tree, but it smelt really disgusting so we let Isabelle put it on and she said it smelt worse than boys.

Mr Rolfe was very happy and said that he would come and visit the tree with his family after he retires and maybe have a picnic.  My dad and I thought we would add some more fish fertiliser before he comes.

The tree is planted around the back of the swimming pool at the top of the gulley and in 15 years’ time will grow to 4-5m tall and give some shade to the senior playground.

I am looking forward to seeing the red flowers at Christmas time when I go swimming.

As told by Joel G, Room 4.

Last week, with Isabelle and Courage, I helped to plant a Pohutukawa tree to celebrate Shelly Park School’s 40th birthday.

Sean the caretaker, my dad and Mr. Rolfe dug a big hole which had to be 800mm wide and 800mm deep so that the tree had enough room.  Jane the garden lady told us a lot about which compost to use to mix with the soil that we had dug out, and also to put rocks and a pipe in the hole to help with drainage.  The hardest thing was keeping the tree straight whilst we filled in the hole so Mr. Rolfe held it up whilst we piled the soil in.  When we had filled in the hole we stomped on the soil to press it down and then added some mulch on the top that would send food to the tree.

The worst thing was that we added fish fertiliser on the top which Jane said would be really good for the tree, but it smelt really disgusting so we let Isabelle put it on and she said it smelt worse than boys.

Mr Rolfe was very happy and said that he would come and visit the tree with his family after he retires and maybe have a picnic.  My dad and I thought we would add some more fish fertiliser before he comes.

The tree is planted around the back of the swimming pool at the top of the gulley and in 15 years’ time will grow to 4-5m tall and give some shade to the senior playground.

I am looking forward to seeing the red flowers at Christmas time when I go swimming.

As told by Joel G, Room 4.