Hiroshima tree planted in Oldham Peace Garden

October 13, 2022 [UK & Ireland Chapter]

Report by Mr. Richard Outram, UK & Ireland Mayors for Peace Chapter Secretary

The UK and Ireland Chapter Secretary was delighted to meet with pupils and staff at Lyndhurst Primary School, Oldham to present them with a gingko tree grown from a seed that came from a tree that survived the Hiroshima bombing.

Lyndhurst Primary School is one of 28 schools and colleges in Oldham that have signed the Pledge to Peace and Oldham Council is a member of Mayors for Peace.

In 2018 and 2019 pupils at the school made paper peace cranes that were sent to Hiroshima for display in the Children’s Peace Monument in remembrance of those young people who had so tragically died in the atomic bombing.

So for Chapter Secretary Richard Outram the delivery of the tree was highly symbolic: “To me this felt like bringing a gift back from Hiroshima for the children”.

Richard was joined by pupils, Shakeya, Hetvi, Khadijah, Alfie, Brennan and Aydin, in the incredible Peace Garden that they have created, and on October 13 the tree was planted as the centre piece of the garden.

Pupils at Lyndhurst Primary School with Chapter Secretary Richard Outram (center back)
Photo: courtesy of Mayors for Peace UK/Ireland Chapter