A touch of the orient – final touches to friendship garden


From Gateshead Council News, October/November 2009:

A new friendship garden celebrating the 20-year relationship between Gateshead and its twin city Komatsu in  apan, received some finishing touches last month.

Ten gardeners from Komatsu City worked with council gardeners to create a traditional Japanese garden featuring a stone pond and waterfall, where water is represented by gravel.

Leading the construction were two of Komatsu’s most senior gardeners Mr Hiroo Kitamura and Mr Susumu Kitayama who is President of the Komatsu Garden Association.

Komatsu’s former Mayor Mr Toru Nishimura made the offer of a garden when he visited the borough last year. Komatsu City already has a friendship garden presented by Gateshead in 2001 to mark the tenth anniversary of the two cities links.

Cabinet member for Culture, Councillor Linda Green said: “This garden will be more than a place to enjoy the serenity of a Japanese garden. It will be a visible sign of our partnership that continues to grow and mature providing educational and cultural opportunities for children and adults of all ages.”

The completion of the garden was marked by a tree planting ceremony attended by the Chairman of Komatsu City Hall, Mr Junji Kawasaki and his wife and the Mayor of Gateshead Councillor John Eagle.

Original article can be found here.


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