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99 cherry trees planted in Stockport to celebrate UK-Japan relations

99 cherry trees planted in Stockport to celebrate UK-Japan relations

"These beautiful blossom trees will herald the start of spring each year and bring joy to local people, whilst being a haven for wildlife all year round.”

99 cherry trees have been planted in Stockport’s Bruntwood Park as part of a tree-planting initiative to celebrate UK-Japan relations.

Supported by the City of Trees project and Stockport Council, the trees planted in March are part of 6,500 Japanese cherry trees given to the UK by Japan that have taken root in parks, gardens and schools nationwide. The project will be a legacy from the Japan-UK Season of Culture 2019-2021, which aims to showcase Japan’s multifaceted attractions in the UK. The varieties of cherry trees have been chosen for their variation in colour, timing, and historical significance.

The 99 cherry trees in Cheadle’s Bruntwood Park will add to the area’s ornamental gardens, ponds, streams, wetlands, meadows and mature woodlands and further enhance this area of green space in Stockport. 400 schools and 160 other sites across all four nations of the UK have been selected for the project.

Pam Smith, Chief Executive, Stockport Council, said:

This is a fantastic project, not only does it celebrate the relationship we enjoy with the Japanese people, but this also leaves us with a legacy of some wonderful trees to be enjoyed by the people of Stockport for many years to come. It also supports the great work I am involved in as part of my membership of the Japan Steering Group.”

Pete Stringer from City of Trees commented:

“These beautiful blossom trees will herald the start of spring each year and bring joy to local people, whilst being a haven for wildlife all year round.”

Yasumasa Nagamine, Japanese Ambassador to the UK said,

“We hope that people all over Britain will join with us in embracing this chance to deepen mutual understanding, thus helping to create an enduring legacy.

“Yet the Sakura Cherry Tree Project will not just represent the lasting impact of the Japan-UK Season of Culture but will be a wider celebration of the cordial ties between Japan and the UK. Just like our relationship, these trees will grow stronger as they mature and, each year when they blossom, I hope they bring joy to people across the UK and remind them of the deep friendship between our two nations and peoples.”

City of Trees are now calling on local residents to celebrate the blossom season and share their photos of the trees on social media using the hashtag #GMBlossomWatch.

Image by Karsten Paulick, Pixabay

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