A cutting of a plant that survived the Nagasaki bombing and has been lovingly been cared for over the past 16 years is one of the key features at Peace Tree Reserve.
Palmerston North's cutting had been sitting at the council's nursery, where it's been lovingly cared for over the years.
You can spot the Peace Tree at the centre of the park. It symbolises the important relationship between New Zealand and Japan, and influenced the name of the new reserve.
At one end of the reserve New Zealand natives are on show, and then a boardwalk connects to a Japanese themed garden. Different Japanese-style plants are on show surrounded by a pebble pathway. There are small stones which face large rocks to symbolise good luck and prosperity. There are also Yukimi-gata lanterns to provide light to the peace tree cutting, which sits in the Japanese garden. The fence has seven horizontal palings which symbolise good luck.
The reserve has a natural theme to it, with wooden picnic tables, swing seat, playground, swings and a drinking fountain.
Peace Tree Reserve, Silicon Way, Fitzherbert 4410 View Map
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