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Garden offers taste of the Orient.

A PARK on Tyneside is turning Japanese to celebrate a 20-year-old friendship.

To mark two decades of the twinning of Gateshead with Komatsu City, designers from Japan are visiting the North East to plan an oriental garden for Saltwell Park.

The offer of a friendship garden was made by Komatsu's Mayor Nishimura on his visit to Tyneside in June when he was made a Freeman of Gateshead.

It follows a similar garden presented by Gateshead and unveiled in Komatsu to mark the 10th anniversary of the twin towns.

Designers Hiro Kitamura and Susumu Kitayama will consider how to construct and plant the garden as well as meeting the Friends of Saltwell Park group.

Work is to start in the spring and traditional Japanese features such as a gravel pond and waterfall, stone lantern and plants are planned.

A formal opening is expected to mark the 20th anniversary of Gateshead and Komatsu City's twinning in 2011.

Gateshead Council cabinet member for safer stronger communities, David Napier, said: "I can't think of a better way to mark our friendship than with a garden in the park where everyone in Gateshead can enjoy it."

Saltwell Park won a Britain's Best Park award in 2005, a Civic Trust Park of the Year Award 2006, Green Flag Award 2006-2008 and the Green Heritage Award in 2008.

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Date:Nov 27, 2008
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