If you have been into our tearoom recently, you will have seen some unusual, small potted trees on the tables. These are very special trees indeed as they come from Hiroshima. Ginkgo Biloba dates back as far as the Jurassic era (213 million years ago!). Scientists thought that this tree had become extinct but in 1691, it was rediscovered in Japan and subsequently set seed in China. Ginkgo-seeds were then brought to Europe in the early 1700’s and in America later that century.
On the 6th August 1945 a US B-29 bomber dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, killing around 80,000 people. Miraculously, 3 trees survived the bombing and one of these was a Ginkgo Biloba tree. This tree can still be seen today and is over 200 years old.
To save this tree from extinction, the Green Legacy Hiroshima Initiative was established. They work to not only spread the seed worldwide but to promote peace, increase awareness and spread the word about the significance and meaning of these resilient trees which will ultimately safeguard them from extinction. To find out more about this initiative, click here
The Green Legacy Hiroshima Initiative encourage partners from around the globe to assist them with their mission and Easton Walled Gardens are thrilled to be able to take part. On February the 23rd, the seeds of Ginkgo tree were dispatched from the Hiroshima Botanical Garden and with a lot of tender loving care from Steve, our Senior Gardener, what you see displayed in the tearoom are the very young saplings! Do take a moment to appreciate these young trees, their heritage strikes a chord wherever you are from and for the younger generation, who may not yet know about Hiroshima, why not tell them the story of the Ginkgo Tree….