Cherry Tree planting ceremony at The Grange in Benenden

Naoko attended the cherry tree planting ceremony at The Grange, the former residence of Collingwood ‘Cherry’ Ingram, in Benenden, Kent, on 29th November. The planting was part of the SAKURA cherry tree planting project, in which more than 6,000 cherry trees are being given from the Japanese to the British people. The planted trees are: Daikoku, Asano, Hokusai, Okame, Umineko, Collingwood Ingram, Autumn Glory and Shosar. They are all Ingram-related trees, either cultivated, introduced to the UK or discovered in Japan by Ingram. Hokusai is the tree which first ignited Ingram’s passion for cherry blossoms when he moved into The Grange in 1919. These trees had once blossomed at The …

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Spain Culture and sports minister Miquel Iceta about ‘Cherry’ Ingram

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★August  2021 Spain’s newly appointed culture and sports minister, Miquel Iceta, calls the ‘Cherry’ Ingram book (the Spanish edition)  ‘a story of great sensitivity ‘ and  ‘a book he liked very much for those who want to delve into it this summer’. to read the article, click  https://www.eldiario.es/cultura/iceta-ministro-pasara-verano-prendido-haikus-tina-turner_1_8193652.html

BBC2’s ‘Great British Railway Journeys’ and Spanish Edition

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★May  2021 Naoko appeared on BBC2’s ‘Great British Railway Journeys’ on 18 May. Naoko showed the programme host, Michael Portillo, the former home of Collingwood ‘Cherry’ Ingram in Benenden, Kent. She told Michael the achievements of Ingram and how he returend the ‘Taihaku’ variety to Japan in 1932 from his garden.    https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000w79v  •The Spanish edition is out.  

America’s NPR Interview and The Grange in Benenden Zoom Talk

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★April  2021 •Naoko was interviewed by America’s NPR (National Public Radio) , which was aired on 5 April in their popular ‘All Things Considered’ program.  In the interview, Naoko talked about the influence of climate change on cherry blossoms.   In Kyoto this year, cherry trees bloomed at their earliest in 1,200 years and it was said that this was the result of global warming. But it’s not that simple. Global warming will delay the blooming of the blossoms in the long term, and this is already happpening in southern Japan.   click here to listen •On 7 April 2021, Naoko gave a zoom talk for a sold-out fundraising event organized by The Grange in …

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Taihaku returns to Funatsu family.


After 95 years, a Taihaku cherry tree which is the offspring of a cherry tree at ‘Cherry’ Ingram’s garden in Kent, has been planted in the Tokyo garden of the great grandson of Japan’s most renowned cherry expert, Seisaku  Funatsu.   Collingwood Ingram had met Funatsu in 1926 and vowed to return the Taihaku tree to Japan, where it was extinct. Funatsu died before the tree was returned in 1932 to Kyoto. So Keiichi Higuchi, a cherry researcher and friend of the Funatsu family, has now planted an offspring of the Kyoto tree in the garden of Funatsu’s great grandson. Finally, the Funatsu family can enjoy Japan‘s great white cherry.  …

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