Japan friendship blossoms as Sakura cherry trees arrive in Erewash and countywide

Published on: Wednesday, 17th March 2021
Derbyshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Clean Growth and Regeneration Councillor Tony King (left) helping to plant Chaucer Junior School’s Sakura cherry blossom tree with pupils Grace (left) and Charlotte (right) and the school’s Community and Gard

With spring just around the corner, Derbyshire is set to blossom this year with the arrival of 100 new Sakura cherry trees including a number in Erewash.

Derbyshire County Council bid for the trees through the Sakura Cherry Tree Project as part of its Toyota City Partnership to celebrate Japan’s friendship with the UK. 

The partnership includes Derby City Council, South Derbyshire District Council, Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK and other educational, economic and environmental organisations.

In 2019, all three councils celebrated their 20-year twinning partnership with Toyota City in Japan.

The trees will be planted across Shipley Country Park, Cadley Park in Swadlincote which is within the National Forest and Bass’s Recreation Ground in Derby. 

More than 5,000 Sakura cherry trees will be planted in parks and public spaces nationwide as part of the project. 

Schools across Derbyshire were also invited to apply for their own Sakura cherry tree and more than 50 were successful across the county including Chaucer Junior, Cotmanhay Infant, Grange Primary, and Little Eaton Primary School

Derbyshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Clean Growth and Regeneration Councillor Tony King said: “These new Sakura cherry trees not only represent our great friendship with Japan but they are also a signal that brighter days are coming after a very tough year for everyone.  

“We’ve built a strong relationship with our friends in Japan and our ongoing commitment to work together to improve our educational, cultural, environmental, economic and sporting links continue to grow.”

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

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