Media December 2010 / January 2011

Estate Saves Monk’s Camellias

An ailing Buddhist monk from Kyoto is ‘‘thrilled’’ after a Cornish estate agreed to take his threatened rare collection of camellias, the Japan Times reported on 4 November.

The anonymous 85-year-old, who suffers from ill health and dementia, feared his house and garden could be demolished by developers after his death, so he contacted artist Rebecca Salter. ‘‘In that rather slightly over-romanticised way of some Japanese, he decided that Britain valued old things in a way that Japan did not”, she said.