Japan friendship blossoms with 100 cherry trees for Derbyshire

Published on: Wednesday, 24th July 2019

Japan’s friendship with the UK is set to be celebrated in Derbyshire with the planting of 100 cherry trees across the county next year.

Derbyshire County Council bid for the trees through the Sakura Cherry Tree Project as part of its Toyota City Partnership alongside Derby City Council and South Derbyshire District Council.

Last year, all three councils celebrated their 20-year twinning partnership with Toyota City in Japan.

The trees will arrive in Derbyshire from November 2020 and will be planted at sites including Shipley Country Park.

More than 5,000 cherry trees will be planted in parks and public spaces nationwide from autumn 2020 through The Sakura Cherry Tree Project to mark the friendship between Japan and the UK. It coincides with the Japan-UK Season of Culture 2019-2020.

Leader and Cabinet Member for Strategic Leadership, Culture and Tourism, Councillor Barry Lewis, said: “We’re delighted our joint application for 100 cherry trees in Derbyshire has been accepted.  As well as being great for the environment, the trees will be a permanent reminder of the strong relationship we’ve built with our friends in Japan and our ongoing commitment to work together to improve our educational, cultural, environmental, economic and sporting links.”

The trees are being funded through donations from the Japanese private sector.

Schools across Derbyshire were also invited to apply for their own cherry tree and more than 50 were successful across the county including our Virtual School and Lea Green Learning and Development Centre.  The trees will also arrive in Derbyshire from November 2020.

The Japan-UK Season of Culture, with activity in both Japan and the UK, celebrates the friendship of the two countries, and will provide an opportunity for people in both countries to explore each other’s cultures and technologies between the Rugby World Cup 2019 and Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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