Peace grows to­gether

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

THE City of Cockburn has planted two trees with deep­rooted con­nec­tions to Hiroshima in the name of har­mony.

Two six-year-old Ginkgo biloba saplings were planted at Yandi Park in Cockburn Cen­tral on Septem­ber 21 as part of the City’s first of­fi­cial event to cel­e­brate In­ter­na­tional Day of Peace.

The saplings were grown from the seeds of a Ginkgo biloba that was just 500m from the blast epi­cen­tre dur­ing the World War II bomb­ing of the Ja­panese city 75 years ago.

That tree was de­stroyed but it re­grew. Seeds have been col­lected from it ever since for dis­tri­bu­tion to global or­gan­i­sa­tions for spe­cial oc­ca­sions.

The City of Fre­man­tle in Au­gust planted two seeds from the same tree at Dick Lawrence Re­serve in Bea­cons­field as part of its com­mem­o­ra­tion of Hiroshima Day.

Raised by the City of South Perth at its nurs­ery, the trees, also known as Maiden­hair trees due to their fern-like leaves, were do­nated to Cockburn by the City of Fre­man­tle af­ter they were given sev­eral seeds by the Hiroshima chapter of May­ors for Peace in 2014.

Cockburn’s trees were planted by Mayor Lo­gan Howlett and lo­cal school chil­dren.

The City of Cockburn has been part of the May­ors for Peace or­gan­i­sa­tion since 2011.

The Ginkgo Biloba tree in Cockburn Cen­tral.

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