Wisbech Park welcomes new cherry trees

The final four cherry trees gifted to Fenland to celebrate the friendship between Japan and the UK have been planted in Wisbech Park.

Cherry trees Wisbech

Cherry trees Wisbech

As announced earlier this month, the trees are among 6,500 Japanese cherry trees - or Sakura in Japanese - given to the UK government by the Japanese Embassy as part of the Sakura Cherry Tree Project.

A total of 24 trees were received locally by North East Cambridgeshire MP Steve Barclay, who donated four trees to each of the towns in his constituency. The trees have already been planted in Chatteris, March and Whittlesey, and last week the final four gifted to Fenland were planted in Wisbech Park.

Representatives from Wisbech Town Council and the Friends of Wisbech Park attended the planting, which was carried out by Fenland District Council's parks and open spaces contractor Tivoli.

Speaking about the project, Cllr Peter Murphy, Fenland District Council's Portfolio Holder for the Environment, said: "The Sakura Project is fantastic; not only does it celebrate the relationship we enjoy with the Japanese people, but these beautiful trees will herald the start of spring each year and bring joy to local people, whilst being a haven for wildlife all year round."

Article date: January 2022

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