Over a dozen ginkgo tree saplings have been sent to Japan from Pembrokeshire, a location noted for its remarkable history in Wales' long-standing ties with Japan.

The tree the 15 saplings came from is said to have been donated in 1877 by Japanese envoy to Britain Kagenori Ueno as a symbol of gratitude upon the launch of the Japanese warship Hiei from Pembroke Dock.

Also present at the launch was Lt. Heihachiro Togo, who was studying in Wales at the time and oversaw its construction. Togo was staying at the master shipwright's house, where the ginkgo sapling was planted in a garden.