St Mary’s add some red bloom to their school


When Project Crimson sent out the word that extra pohutukawa were available in the Tamaki region, plenty of schools, community groups and local council groups put their hands up for some of our iconic species.

One of these schools, St Mary’s Catholic School in Ellerslie, received five pohutukawa which were used to brighten up theend of the field which backs onto the Southern motorway.
“There were gaps along the end of the fence line which was quite unattractive,” School Principal Cheryl Cowan said.
“These beautiful pohutukawa which were planted by our year six students will eventually fill these gaps in and add some much needed colour to that end of our school,” she said.
Project Crimson Conservation Manager Caroline Wallace says she was very pleased with the number of requests for the locally grown pohutukawa and that some many schools have taken up the offer.
“It’s great to see children being involved with native plantings in their school grounds,” she said.
Project Crimson’s annual funding round, which is run with thanks to Meridian, closes on 1 March every year. The Trust invites applications from those in the local community seeking to undertake conservation, restoration and research projects involving pohutukawa and rata. To apply, visit and click on ‘funding’.