New Uppingham tree is ‘symbol of peace’

Members of the Uppingham and District Twinning Association are joined on Tod's Piece by town mayor Dave Ainslie for the planting of the ginkgo biloba tree presented to the town in April by the people of Caudebec-en-Caux, Uppingham's twin.''Photo: Neil Wedge. EMN-150112-104438001
Members of the Uppingham and District Twinning Association are joined on Tod's Piece by town mayor Dave Ainslie for the planting of the ginkgo biloba tree presented to the town in April by the people of Caudebec-en-Caux, Uppingham's twin.''Photo: Neil Wedge. EMN-150112-104438001

Mayor of Uppingham Dave Ainslie joined members of the town’s twinning association for a special tree-planting ceremony.

Coun Ainslie and committee member Henry Dawe planted a ginkgo biloba tree in Tod’s Piece on Friday, November 28. The hardy tree was given to the town in April by the people of Caudebec-en-Caux, Uppingham’s twin town.

The mayor said he hoped the tree would become a symbol of friendship and peace. Ginkgo bilobas are some of the most resistant trees in the world and were the only trees to survive the Hiroshima atomic bomb.

Uppingham Twinning Association always welcomes new members from the town and the surrounding area. The usual pattern is that an exchange takes place every two years: either Uppingham members will host visitors from Caudebec for a weekend or they will be invited to spend a weekend with a family in France.

Mr Dawe said: “If you do not have much French, do not let this put you off joining the association. Some of the most sustained friendships in the group are between couples who have little common language but who nonetheless derive great pleasure from each other’s company and enjoy the opportunity to play host to foreign visitors here and to experience another culture on trips abroad.”

If you are interested in joining the association contact Henry Dawe on 01572 823629.