Tribute to quake victims

School council at Parkinson Lane Primary School planting Japanese maple tree to remember those lost in recent earthquakes around the world
School council at Parkinson Lane Primary School planting Japanese maple tree to remember those lost in recent earthquakes around the world

MEMORIAL trees were planted at Parkinson Lane Community Primary School, Halifax, to remember the victims of two major natural disasters.

Pupils planted a Japanese maple as a symbol of hope in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated the country and sparked fears of a nuclear catastrophe.

Enrico Gunduz, of the school council, said: “The Japanese maple tree has been planted in order to symbolise that our thoughts are with the people of Japan as they now embark on a new beginning.”

Selen Gunduz added: “We hope as the tree grows the economy will grow and reconstruction of the devastated parts will take place.”

A cherry blossom tree was also planted to remember the Pakistani earthquake of 2005.

Amna Mukhtar, of the school council, said: “We hope as the tree grows Pakistan will grow in its strength also.”

Other recent disasters including the floods in Pakistan and Australia and the earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, were also in the thoughts of staff and pupils as the saplings were planted.