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.