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Hiroshima Ginkgos Offer Inspiration to Tree Surgeons

Tree surgeons work hard to keep customers’ much-loved trees in healthy condition, helping to prolong their life and growth.

And there is no greater testament to the resilience of trees than the ginkgo, a symbol of hope and peace in Japan.

On August 6th 1945, an atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, yet amid the destruction just 1-2km from the blast, six ginkgo trees survived.

Soon after, new growth and buds started to appear, and the trees – and all ginkgos – represent hope to the Japanese people.

Now that message has been brought to Manchester as, on November 5th, the city marked the 34th anniversary of becoming the world’s first officially ‘nuclear-free’ city.

Seedlings from those original six ginkgos have been brought to Manchester, to be planted in Hulme Community Garden Centre.

Lord Mayor Sue Cooley said: “To receive these seedlings from trees that survived the atomic bomb is truly breathtaking; they serve as a pertinent symbol of hope.”

And for tree surgeons there is another message of hope to be found in the seedlings’ history, as they are a reminder of how truly resilient trees can be, even in the face of extreme damage.