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First sight of blossom marks arrival of spring

Rugby Editorial 13th Apr, 2018   0

SPRING has officially arrived.

Friday the 13th turned out to be lucky for Tim Coghlan of Braunston Marina when he witnessed the sun’s rays hitting the blossoming quayside Pandora trees which had bravely come to life a week earlier in the chilling wind and rain.

The four mature Pandora cherry trees were planted in 1995 to celebrate the twinning of the English Grand Union Canal with the Irish Grand Canal.

The one seen on the right was planted by the Irish Senator Pat Magner, who then held political responsibility for the Irish canals, and the other three by Daventry’s then MP Tim Boswell (now Lord Boswell), then Chairman of British Waterways Bernard Henderson, and then Mayor of Daventry Steve Osborne.




Braunston Marina has won many environmental awards for its commitment to building a better environment, with over 2,000 trees planted since it was acquired by Mr Coghlan in 1988.

Last year it won the Dennett’s Garden Centre Cup for the best business garden in Braunston.


Monarch, the boat pictured, is based at Braunston Marina and will participate in this year’s Braunston Historic Narrowboat Rally on June 23-24.

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