For the residents at Fernhill aged care community, the mango tree that once stood at the front of their community garden was a joy to look at and to pick fruit from its branches. That’s why, when the opportunity arose to plant a new mango tree with students from St Columban’s College, Fernhill residents were tree-mendously excited.
The tree in question was planted with the students in the front entrance garden of Fernhill’s new residential aged care community building earlier this month, in celebration of National Tree Day.
St Columban’s College students Georgia Sturgess and Bailey Atkins joined Fernhill residents Marlene Rae and Don Bryant for the ceremonial planting alongside Fernhill Residential Manager Ram Korla, Bolton Clarke Development Manager James Chiou and builders Hansen Yuncken Project Manger Scott Butler.
“We were there when the original mango tree was pulled out, so it’s nice to be here planting a new one,” said Don. “And it’s been great to watch the building come together – it’s very impressive.”
“We were sad to see the first tree removed, but there’s something special about planting a new one when we are about to move into our new home,” added Marlene.
Both Georgia and Bailey were impressed to learn about the significance of planting a mango tree, and the construction process involved for the new community building.
“It’s really cool to plant the same tree as the one that was taken out!” said Bailey.
“I can’t believe how many people worked on this building – and how long all the planning took,” said Georgia.