Issue 13
Monday, 14 August 2017
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Horticultural tradesperson John Grant with Durack Primary School students
Horticultural tradesperson John Grant with Durack Primary School students

Budding gardeners hone skills at tree day

By Leanne Miles

Charles Darwin University horticulturalists have helped budding young gardeners hone their skills as part of National Tree Day.

The team from Facilities Management visited Durack Primary School to work with students who planted trees around one of their ovals.

CDU provided eight Maranthes corymbosa trees and two Tabebuia rosea-alba trees along with fertiliser and mulch, and even pre-dug and refilled the plant holes for the students.

Horticultural tradesperson John Grant said: “We chose to donate these trees because they will provide good shade for students well into the future.”

He said it was important for children to learn about the benefits of trees to the environment and the community.

“Many of them were aware of the benefits of trees to cleaning the air and providing oxygen,” he said.

“We also gave them some gardening tips, such as to ensure that when digging a plant hole to make sure the hole is twice the size of the pot the plant is in so it has room to grow.”