Katy Gallagher has announced she’s been tree planting in the arboretum with the Mayor of Nara.
The planting of a Yoshino cherry tree with the Mayor of Canberra’s sister city, Nara, symbolised the strength of the relationship between the two countries, Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher, said today.
The Chief Minister was joined by the Mayor of Nara, Gen Nakagawa, to plant the tree in the Arboretum’s Central Valley spine.
“It is fitting that in this year of tragedy for Japan we were able to plant a tree here at the National Arboretum that has been part of the Japanese landscape for centuries,” Ms Gallagher said.
“Our arboretum has also grown out of tragedy – out of the ashes of the Canberra bushfires. Both events remind us of the power of nature and the resilience of the human spirit.”
Ms Gallagher said the cherry tree planted by Mr Nakagawa was a reminder of Japan’s rich cultural heritage, and a sign of how natural disasters such as the tsunami earlier this year united communities.
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