Cherry planting ceremony at the Earl of Cranbrook’s estate in Great Glemham

Naoko participated in a cherry planting ceremony at the Earl of Cranbrook’s estate in Great Glemham, Suffolk

The cherry planting ceremony was held at the White House Farm, the residence of Jason Gathorne-Hardy, eldest son of the 5th Earl of Cranbrook, on 6 March 2020.

The 1st Earl of Cranbrook built The Grange, the former home of  Collingwood ‘Cherry’ Ingram, in Benenden, Kent, in the late 19th century.  Ingram was fascinated by the two mature cherry trees in the garden, which ignited his passion for cherry blossoms. He later named the trees ‘Hokusai’ after the famous Japanese wood print artist.

Jason Gathorne-Hardy, who had already planted 50 cherry trees in his garden, found out about the family links to ‘Cherry’ Ingram through the ‘Cherry’ Ingram book. He then decided to plant more trees to celebrate his discovery and to mark the 100th anniversary of Ingram’s encounter with the Hokusai trees at The Grange.

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The Earl of Cranbrook, left, and Jason, planting a ‘Hokusai’ tree.

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Naoko and husband Paul planting Ingram’s creation, ‘Kursar’

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Peter Ingram and Heather Bowyer, Ingram’s grandchildren, planting ‘Taihaku’, the variety saved by Ingram.


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The Gathorne-Hardy family, the Ingram family, Naoko and some local residents

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Jason Gathorne-Hardy, the Earl of Cranbrook, and Naoko
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Heather, Peter, Naoko and the Earl of Cranbrook


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Naoko, Jason and Peter Ingram with ‘Okame’, Ingram’s creation

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Naoko and the Earl of Cranbrook at a cherry blossom supper

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