In two years Nayland Kindergarten will be 50 years young and this has got us thinking about the history of our place. Our beautiful pear tree that reminds us when spring has arrived, it provides shade and a resting place for children throughout the day and it provides delicious pears to share with our whanau. Until a month ago we hadn't really realised the significance of this magnificent icon, but now we do. This pear tree is possibly 60-70 years old and was here long before the kindergarten was built, so we began to wonder about the huge numbers of children and whanau the pear tree had seen passing by. This also got us thinking about the land in the Stoke area and with the help of Mr Allport, who has lived in this area for most of his life, we learnt a lot of history about the land the kindergarten sits on and the surrounding areas.
We have also discovered that the pear is called "Peter Barry".
This new knowledge has inspired us to try and graft a new tree from our beautiful pear tree so that we can preserve our history and also show it the respect it so deserves.