LONDON — An ailing Buddhist monk from Kyoto, who was concerned his rare collection of camellias could be threatened in Japan, is "thrilled" after they found a new home at a British country estate.

The 85-year-old, in ill health with dementia, feared that once he passes away his house and beloved garden could be demolished by developers.

He contacted his British friend and artist Rebecca Salter to try and find a suitable location in England for his shrubs, which have come from cuttings he has taken all across Kyoto.