A national project planting cherry trees to celebrate the friendship between Britain and Japan is now in full swing on Ynys Môn after an appeal from MP Virginia Crosbie to find places for them to go.
Virginia wrote to schools, care homes and other organisations in the summer asking if they would consider planting some of the 6000 Sakura trees gifted by the people of Japan.
Now eight places, including schools, care homes, a football club and a visitor attraction have answered the call and will be getting their free 10ft trees delivered this week.
Celfyn Furlong, chair of the Ynys Môn Conservatives, and the team from Orthios will be delivering them.
“I am thrilled such a diverse range of places came forward to say they would take one of these beautiful trees,” said Virginia.
“The only criteria was they needed to be publicly accessible and I believe they are an important addition to our island.
“Many thanks to all those who have given the trees a home and to Celfyn and the Orthios team for all their kind help and support. I am looking forward to seeing all the trees grow and I am sure they will give pleasure for decades to come.”
Cherry blossoms are of immense cultural significance in Japan and the ‘Sakura’ season when the trees blossom in spring is a big event in the country.
The eight places to agree to take a tree are:
- Ysgol Llanfawr
- Ysgol Gymuned Bryngwran
- Bryn y Mor Care Home
- Orthios Eco Park
- Llangefni Town Football Club
- Caru Benllech
- Newry Beach Allotments
- Anglesey Sea Zoo and Marine Resource Centre