IT WAS a twin celebration of twinning yesterday as trees were simultaneously planted in both Oxford and the French city of Grenoble.

The crab apple tree was planted at the Elder Stubbs Allotments at midday to mark the 30th anniversary of the two cities being linked.

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It also honoured the centenary of the creation of the Oxford and District Federation of Allotment Associations (ODFAA).

Oxford Mail:

Gardeners in Oxford and from the Poterne Gardens in Grenoble decided that planting a tree would be an appropriate way to mark the two anniversaries.

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The crab apple tree was carefully put in the ground by former city council leader Bob Price and Wendy Skinner Smith from the ODFAA in the East Oxford allotments.

It will provide spring blossom and colourful autumn leaves, as well as fruit that can be made into jelly.

Oxford Mail:

Alongside the southern French city, Oxford is also linked with six other cities, the latest Padua in Italy, which was formalised last month.

Oxford City Council had said it was keen to link up with more European cities ahead of Brexit.