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Berlin Trees to be Planted in London

April 22, 1988

LONDON (AP) _ Sixty of Berlin’s famed linden trees will be planted in Kensington Gardens to help replace trees uprooted by freak gales last October.

The young, hand-picked lindens, already up to 20 feet high, will be flown here by a Royal Air Force plane and planted at a ceremony Monday. Among those to attend the planting will be Jurgen Starnick, a West Berlin senator, and the Earl of Caithness, minister of state at the Department of the Environment, said a statement from the West German Embassy.

The project is being paid for by the West Berlin boroughs of Wilmersdorf, Neukoelln, Charlottenburg, Steglitz and Schoeneberg, three of which are twinned with London boroughs, the statement said.

It said a plaque on Kensington Gardens’ Jubilee Alley, where the trees are being planted, will read: ″Presented to the citizens of London as a token of friendship by the citizens and Senate of Berlin.″

The Oct. 16 storm damaged or destroyed 10 percent of the garden’s 11,000 trees. Seventeeen people were killed in the gales, which tool southern England by surprise.

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