Media December 2012

Famous Sakura Seeds Donated

The Takizakura tree is at least 1,000 years old.

Seeds from a famed flowering cherry tree in Fukushima Prefecture have been given to London’s Royal Botanic Gardens, media reported on 15 November.

Seeds from Miharu town’s 13.5m Takizakura tree, said to be at least 1,000 years old, were delivered to the Millennium Seed Bank at Kew Gardens to express gratitude for the UK’s support for those affected by the March 2011 triple disaster.

The seed bank project aims to conserve biodiversity and promotes the collection and preservation of seeds of wild plants at home and abroad.