Spreading the roots of peace in Hobart

A DIRECT descendant of a tree that survived the Hiroshima atomic bomb is destined to spread its roots in Hobart.

A Japanese ginkgo tree grown from the seed of a survivor of the 1945 blast will be planted in West Hobart’s Peace Park.

The tree is currently just 30 centimetres tall and is being carefully nurtured by the talented staff at the City of Hobart’s nursery.

Lord Mayor Anna Reynolds said it would take a few years for the tree to be mature enough for planting.

“It was germinated from seeds sent to Hobart from Japan in 2019 as part of the Mayors for Peace program,” she said.

“It’s a slow growing tree and it’s a very special one, so we’ll be looking after it in the nursery until it’s nearly two metres tall.

“That will probably take another three to four years.”

Through Mayors for Peace, seeds and seedlings from surviving trees have been delivered to 82 municipalities across 26 countries.

They represent the spreading of a worldwide message of peace and a common goal of eliminating nuclear weapons.

A location for the tree planting has been selected at West Hobart’s Peace Park.

The park was established in 1986 – the International Year of Peace – to commemorate the commitment of the local residents to peace.

This followed a community project Streets for Peace, initiated by residents Joan Fitz-Nead and Rachel Cocks.

The Peace Park has since had remembrance plaques installed by various community organisations, including Chinese Students 100th Day Memorial Committee in memory of the Beijing Massacre in 1989, The Baha’i Faith, Hobart Buddhist community, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, and the Australia Cuba Friendship Society.

Further additions include the peace rose arbour, a sandstone sculpture titled In Blanket, by Tom Coley, and a seat donated by the Goulburn Street Primary School and dedicated to Joan Fitz-Nead for her role in establishing the park and promoting peace in the community.

In 2017, a memorial to remember animals killed in war was installed.

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