Australia sends Hull City of Culture oak tree acorns

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Media captionThe acorns have been gathered from oak trees at Peninsula Farm in Tranby, Perth, Australia

About 400 oak trees are to be grown in Hull using acorns sent from Western Australia as part of the 2017 City of Culture celebrations.

The acorns come from trees planted in Perth by settlers from East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire in 1830.

They will be planted and grown at the University of Hull's botanic gardens.

Hull's City of Culture bid team said the trees would be used by artists on a number of environmental projects, but the plans were yet to be finalised.

Maritime historian Dr Robb Robinson, who is leading the project, said: "It's wonderful that the acorns have arrived.

"We've had our fingers crossed waiting to see if they actually got here in the post and now they've come, the job now is to get them to grow."

The acorns were shipped from Peninsula Farm in Tranby, Perth. The farm was established nearly 200 years ago by settlers from Barrow upon Humber and Ulceby, in North Lincolnshire, and Holme-on-Spalding Moor, East Yorkshire.

Phil Palmer, from the National Trust of Australia, said: "The Hardey family and other families actually left England from Hull, they brought with them acorns from which these magnificent oak trees were propagated and grown.

"We're now actually able to use that as a vehicle for re-establishing the cultural connection between the two places."

Adrian Friedli, from Hull's City of Culture bid team, said he hoped the trees would provide a lasting reminder of the 2017 celebrations, adding: "It's fantastic that this has come forward."

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