Links with China take root

A tree planting ceremony of a Chinese maple donated by Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh took place at the Confucius Institute prior to the spring Advisory Board meeting.

Links with China take root

L to R: Mme Tan Xiutian, Chinese Consul General; Prof Steve Blackmore, Regius Keeper, RBGE; Principal Prof Sir Timothy O` Shea, Vice Chancellor, University of Edinburgh; Minister Counsellor Tian, Chinese Embassy; Prof Natascha Gentz, Director, Confucius Institute for Scotland.

The tree has been grown from a seed brought back from China by Regius Keeper of RBGE, Steve Blackmore. The RBGE has a long history with China which began in 1904 when George Forrest, known as the Indiana Jones of the plant world undertook the first of seven expeditions to China to collect and introduce back to the UK species such rhododendrons, primulas, magnolias, gentians, meconopsis and lilies.

This young tree serves as a symbol of the links between the two organisations as well as a visible and growing sign of the links between Scotland and China.