Blossom trees mark Japanese friendship with people of Daventry
Ten Japanese cherry blossom trees have been planted in a Daventry park to symbolise friendship.
The trees were donated by numerous Japanese businesses and individuals through the Sakura Cherry Tree Planting Project which aims to plant 6,500 trees across the UK, following a joint declaration of co-operation made by the Japanese and British Prime Ministers in 2017.
The ten trees gifted to Daventry were planted by Daventry Mayor Lynne Taylor and Paul Parsons, the High Sheriff of Northamptonshire, who gave a speech in a Covid-friendly ceremony to recognise the significance of these trees.
“These trees are a very visible and enduring legacy, a potent symbol of the friendship between our two countries. The cherry plays an important part in the culture of Japan and represents beauty, peace and joy.” said Paul Parsons, the High Sheriff of Northamptonshire.
Daventry Mayor Lynne Taylor said: "This is a very welcome gift from the Japanese people, and I hope many Daventry residents and visitors will take pleasure in seeing them here, especially during the spring when its renowned blossom appears.”
Daventry Town Council wishes to thank those who run and support the Sakura Cherry Tree Project for their exceptional gift as these trees will provide many years of enjoyment for this and future generations in our town.
A video of the ceremony can be viewed here https://youtu.be/4p-ZhYbaE5E via the Daventry Town Council You Tube channel.