Japanese cherry trees planted at Dawson Park

Japanese cherry trees planted at Dawson Park Image

Fourteen cherry trees have been planted at Dawson Park as part of the Sakura Cherry Tree Project.

Dundee City Council have taken part in the Sakura Team’s efforts, including individuals from the Japan Association in the UK and the Japan-British Society in Japan, to plant over 5,000 trees throughout the United Kingdom.

The Sakura Cherry Tree Project was launched in 2017 and is part of the Japan-UK Season of Culture events calendar, which marks 150 years of working together.

Originally, plans were put in place to plant the cherry trees to coincide with Japan’s Rugby World Cup and Olympic games, however the outbreak of Coronavirus did not make this possible.

The cherry trees can best be viewed at the Strathern Road and Caenlochan Place entrances to Dawson Park.

Neighbourhood Services Convener, Councillor Anne Rendall, said: “This is great news. I’m sure this will give local residents more reason to visit Dawson Park at a time when it’s important we get out and about to get enough exercise and Vitamin D.

“The trees will add to the current cherry trees on offer at the Park and will contribute to the floral nature of the area come spring time too.

“It’s a nice touch in marking the 150-year landmark of friendship between Japan and the UK.”

Keisaku Sandy Sano, Founder and Joint Chairman of the Sakura Cherry Tree Project Team, said “The response we have had from all across the UK, from Guernsey in the south to the Orkneys in the north, from parks and schools across the UK has been amazing.

“It is testament to the strong relationship between the two countries, and we hope the trees will be a lasting tribute to that.”

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