Batsford Arboretum to donate to Japanese Earthquake appeal

Batsford Arboretum - home to the National Collection (NCCPG) of Japanese flowering cherries - is to donate money to the Japanese Earthquake appeal.

Batsford head gardener Matthew Hall said: "We have a lot to thank the Japanese people for, as many of the flowering cherries we see and enjoy in the UK today were first cultivated by gardeners in the temple gardens of Japan.

"As by way of showing our appreciation for their endeavours and to try to help support the Japanese people at this dreadful time following the earthquake and tsunami we have decided that for every adult person who visits Batsford over the next few weeks, whilst the Japanese cherry trees are flowering at their best, we will donate £1.00 of their entrance fee to the Japanese Disaster Appeal."

Hall confirmed that this spring is turning into the best in living memory for springtime flowering, especially cherry blossoms.

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