Bloom­ing mar­vel­lous

Canal Boat - - LETTERS - Tim Cogh­lan, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor

On Fri­day the 13th April – un­lucky for some – Spring fi­nally ar­rived at Braun­ston Ma­rina when the sun came out to grace the fa­mous quay­side Pan­dora blos­som trees that had bravely come to life a week ear­lier in the chilling wind and rain.

The four ma­ture Pan­dora cherry trees seen here, were planted in 1995 to cel­e­brate the twin­ning of the English Grand Union Canal with the Irish Grand Canal. The one seen on the right by the Irish Sen­a­tor Pat Magner who then held po­lit­i­cal re­spon­si­bil­ity for the Irish canals, and the other three by Daven­try’s then MP Tim Boswell (now Lord Boswell), Bernard Hen­der­son the then Chair­man of British Wa­ter­ways, and the then Mayor of Daven­try, Chair­man of Daven­try Dis­trict Coun­cil Coun­cil­lor Steve Os­borne. In the years that fol­lowed, Sen­a­tor Pat Magner en­joyed say­ing that his tree had done so much bet­ter than the oth­ers – and ‘with­out re­cours­ing to giv­ing it Lif­fey wa­ter’.

Braun­ston Ma­rina has won many en­vi­ron­men­tal awards for its com­mit­ment to build­ing a bet­ter en­vi­ron­ment, with over 2,000 trees planted since it was ac­quired by me in 1988. Last year it won the Den­nett’s Gar­den Cen­tre Cup for the best busi­ness gar­den in Braun­ston.

Monarch is Braun­ston Ma­rina based and will be par­tic­i­pat­ing in this year’s rally.

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